Nebraska students are making progress on their financial literacy skills, but the state treasurer says more can be done.
Treasurer Don Stenberg says more than 36,000 students in the state have completed the financial education program his office provides to schools.
He says this school year, only half of high schools used the free, online resource.
“I believe the State of Nebraska needs to do more,” Stenberg tells Nebraska Radio Network. “That’s why I strongly support requiring that every Nebraska student complete a course in financial literacy as a requirement for graduation.”
Stenberg says before and after course assessments show an average knowledge gain of 63 percent among high school students who completed the course last school year.
He says the only financial literacy requirement for students is that there is some content in their social studies program.
“That’s far short of what I believe we need,” Stenberg says. “The one thing about financial literacy is it’s something that every high school graduate will need and will use throughout their lifetime, no matter what they do.”
The financial literacy program is also offered to Nebraska middle schools.
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:34]