National Geographic Learning’s Financial Algebra Now Approved for Use in Mesa Public Schools

Building upon the state’s effort to ensure that all students graduate high school with financial literacy, NGL’s engaging program will bridge financial algebra with real-world financial situations

Boston, MA—April 29, 2014— National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of Cengage Learning and a provider of quality educational materials for the PreK-12, adult education and ELT markets, today announced that the Financial Algebra program has been approved for use in grades 9-12 by Mesa Public Schools in Arizona.

“We are happy to announce that Financial Algebra has been adopted by Mesa Public Schools, the largest district in the state of Arizona. We are confident that its high school students will be delighted by our world-class content and engaging material,” said Vincent Grosso, vice president, National Geographic Learning. “A bill passed in Arizona last year which will require financial knowledge and competency for high school graduation. We are excited to partner with Mesa Public Schools, and the rest of the state, to support high school students so that they may graduate with financial literacy. We recognize that personal finance skills serve as the foundation for workforce readiness – which is why our Financial Algebra program supports not only mastery of critical concepts, but also how these concepts will translate to real-world situations.”

Leveraging the dynamic authorship team of Robert Gerver, Ph.D. and Richard Sgroi, Ph.D., Financial Algebra provides teachers and students with an algebra-based and technology-rich program explicitly developed for and aligned to the  Common Core State Standards that use Algebra I skills in a financial setting. The program also introduces students to selected topics from Algebra II and Pre-Calculus in an ability-appropriate way, while covering topics such as taxes,  insurance, banking, budgeting, investing, home ownership, auto ownership, credit and more. Financial Algebra offers all students the opportunity to extend and practice their algebra mechanics and problem-solving skills in interesting and engaging, age-appropriate scenarios.

NGL is an exclusive partnership between Cengage Learning and the National Geographic Society. The company believes that learning can be exciting, inspiring and transformational when students are engaged with their course materials. Many NGL products draw on the real-world accounts of National Geographic explorers, scientists, writers and photographers. These stories of adventure and exploration along with photography, video and illustrations from the National Geographic Society increase learners’ knowledge of the world and promote an engaging learning experience.

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About Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning

Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide.  The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement and transform the learning experience. National Geographic Learning, part of Cengage Learning, is a provider of quality core and supplemental educational materials for the PreK‐12, adult education and ELT markets. Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning also distribute a variety of content from the National Geographic Society, including images, maps, videos and articles, to the academic and library markets worldwide. For more information, visit