2012 National Financial Capability Challenge – Participation Statistics National and California

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2012 National Financial Capability Challenge – Participation Statistics

Total number of students: 80,024

National average score: 69%

Number of perfect scores: 583

Number of students in top 20 percent: 18,518

Total number of participating educators: 2,074

Total number of participating public (NCES) schools: 1,525

Total number of other organizations participating (home schools, after-school programs, youth groups, etc.): 234

States with the highest average scores:

State Avg. Score
Oregon 79.54%
Idaho 78.71%
Vermont 77.68%
Wyoming 76.81%
Maine 76.64%

States with the highest participation (based on number of tests and total number of 9th – 12th grade public school students):

  1. Pennsylvania (7,404)
  2. Virginia (5,975)
  3. Ohio (4,387)
  4. Wisconsin (4,070)
  5. New Jersey (4,042)
  6. Massachusetts (3,951)
  7. New York (3,917)
  8. Iowa (3,489)
  9. Texas (3,323)
  10. Maryland (3,051)

States with the highest numbers of perfect scores:

  1. Virginia (38)
  2. Wisconsin (38)
  3. Florida (36)
  4. Pennsylvania (35)

State with the highest percentage of perfect scores (among exam-takers in that state): Alaska

State with the highest percentage of top 20% scores (among exam-takers in that state): Vermont

State with the highest number of students who scored in the top 20% (based on number of exams): Pennsylvania (1,507)

State with the highest number of participating schools: Pennsylvania (123)

State with the highest number of participating educators: Pennsylvania (176)

2012 Statistics for California

State average score: 67.09% (69% nationally)

Number of participating students in the state: 2053 (80,024 nationally)

Number of perfect scores: 10 (583 nationally)

Number of students who scored in the top 20% (Including perfect scores): 415 (18,518 nationally)

Number of participating public (NCES) schools in the state: 35 (1,525 nationally)

Number of other organizations participating (Home schools, after-school programs, youth groups, etc.): 13 (234 nationally)

Number of participating educators in the state: 51 (2,074 nationally)

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Top Students and Educators

The National Financial Capability Challenge is an awards program designed to increase the financial knowledge and capability of high-school aged youth across the United States. It challenges youth to take control of their financial future by learning more about personal finance, and it challenges educators and schools to incorporate the important information and topics into their curricula.

Any educator working with high school students may sign up to administer the Challenge. This includes high school teachers and librarians, after-school program staff, youth group leaders, home-school parents, and others. For your students to take the National Financial Capability Challenge, you must first register on this site. Registration will enable you to access the educator toolkit, a free resource for educators. To get started, complete the fields below and select the Submit button.

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