July 30, 2015 – Columbia, MD – A P Ventures has completed an interactive, online Financial Literacy course to be offered as part of the Maryland State Department of Education’s Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities (MVLO) program for public high school students across the state.
Financial literacy is a required content area for public school students in Maryland and is viewed by many as an urgent need among most Americans, young and old. In fact, in results from a 2015 test of 30 questions from the Financial Educators Council, the average score was just 61% for teens aged 15 to 18 across the country.
Among several new courses that Columbia-based IT firm, A P Ventures (APV), has developed for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), the new Financial Literacy course is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to be able to achieve their own financial well-being. Students will develop a budget and spending plans, analyze their return on investment for college and career choices, understand how taxes impact income, assess different investment and saving options, plan for retirement, and learn how to build and protect their wealth. As students progress through the course, they build a personal financial literacy portfolio outlining their SMART goals and financial plans. The course features video interviews with members of local businesses and is aligned to state standards for financial literacy as well as the Common Core State Standards.
The MVLO program provides access to web-delivered courses and instructional support for high school credit. The program is open to all public high school students in Maryland, with approval from their local school system and principal. The new Financial Literacy course will be piloted this fall and then released statewide in 2016.