The Arizona Seal of Personal Finance program recognizes high school students who achieve a high level of proficiency in Personal Finance. The seal is placed upon the student's diploma and noted on their transcript.
Any PUBLIC school, charter, or district may choose to participate but they must complete the INTENT TO PARTICIPATE FORM by September 1 of the participating year.
Schools/districts must develop their own process for collecting student data and distributing the seals. Public school districts and charters must designate at least one individual to serve as the Coordinator of the Program.
Participating school districts and charters must make information regarding the Seal of Personal Finance program available to parents and students.
Schools/Districts must report seal data through the REPORTING FORM no later than 90 days after the school year or by September 1.
Students must complete all requirements during grades 9-12. Previous experience will not be counted.
Students must complete all social studies courses with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale.
Students must complete 1 activity from each of the 4 categories.
Completion of an approved personal finance program (Curriculum)
Participation in a co-curricular or extracurricular program (Outside of School)
Completion of a college and/or career readiness (Readiness Plan and Written Reflection)
Passage of an assessment of personal finance (Test)
Curriculum must meet the requirements shown in the rubric in order to be considered as an approved Category 1.
The curriculum listed below will note if it includes a personal finance assessment meeting category four’s criterion. It will also note if the program includes additional topics.
Intern/Volunteer at an Economics focused organization/government agency/business
*Previously the Mayors’ Challenge for Economic Education
Programs, institutes, and initiatives not on this list must be approved by the Arizona Department of Education. Contact [email protected] or the Director of K-12 Social Studies and World and Native Languages.
Students must complete one or more of the approved college readiness plans:
Submit a written reflection as adopted by the State Board of Education for the purposes of demonstrating financial literacy proficiency.
Banking, Investing, Credit, Paying for College, Insurance, Taxes, Budgeting
Assessment must be approved by the Arizona Department of Education.
Create an exam using the above curricular and materials. Must be approved by the Arizona Department of Education.
Formal Seal from the Arizona Department of Education
The Arizona Department of Education will contact those districts/schools who participated and will request an unofficical count of students recieving the Seal of Biliteracy in April. Foil, sticker seals will be sent in the beginning of May to be added to Diplomas.
Optional Recognitions for Seal of Biliteracy
The Arizona Department of Education does not supply any of the following options. A local district or school may provide these items to their students that earn the Seal of Biliteracy.
Triple wrapped graduation cord - Colors for the Seal of Personal Finance can be green, white, and gold.
Certificates issued to students earning the Seal of Personal Finance
Medals for the Seal of Personal Finance
Recognition ceremony or assembly
Mention in a local paper
Banner with student names that earned the Seal of Personal Finance
If a student receives test data after school has ended (AP or IB exams for example), they still earn the Seal. They can return their diploma to their school to have the Seal of Personal Finance attached. The transcripts would also be updated by the district/school once the tests have been recorded.
Seeking approval for additional programs/activities/asessments? Contact us at [email protected].