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Highlights from the report

English

100% of the students stated this project improved their financial literacy knowledge
96.6% of the students stated this project increased their interest in improving their English skills
100% of the students stated this project benefited them
100% of the students stated this project should be implemented in other English courses

Math

89.7% of the students stated this project improved their financial literacy knowledge
89.3% of the students stated this project increased their interest in improving their Math skills
89.7% of the students stated this project benefited them
82.1% of the students stated this project should be implemented in other Math courses

Student comments

“I really liked how we were learning English, but also studying material that we can actually use in real life instead of reading stories.”

“It’s something we need to learn for a better future. We need this in school.”

“This topic was useful because it helped me out a lot [in] finances, my future.”

“Thank you for coming in. No one had ever talked to me about investments and it was very interesting.”

“Gives a real life necessity for learning math.”

“You have really opened my eyes in the financial world and gave me skills to help me in the future.”

“I wish we could stay and work on this subject more in our class. I think every kid especially in English 85 needs to know this so we aren’t so ignorant and can really apply to our lives.”

“Because of this project, I now have saved more and spent less. This project has helped me so much with personal finance.”

“Thank you for teaching us how to budget our money”.

This project also benefits historically underrepresented groups because the majority of students taking basic skills English and Math courses at SMC tend to be either Black or Hispanic. As you can see from the report, 72% and 74% of students in the selected English and math classes, respectively, were Black or Hispanic.