The fall session of the South Dakota Stock Market Game (SDSMG) program, which is coordinated by Don Altmyer, associate business professor at Black Hills State University, has a record number of teams, students, and schools participating.

A total of 281 teams made of 786 students from 36 high schools, middle schools, and colleges throughout the state are participating in the 10 week stock market simulation that started last month. This represents a 46 percent growth rate over the fall 2007 session.

According to Altmyer, the biggest contributing factor for the growth of the program is due to the South Dakota Board of Education mandating an economics or personal financial course as a high school graduation requirement.

“Teachers really like our online support center and its multi-grade, multi-subject lesson plans that conform to state and national standards in economics and personal finance and many new classroom activities, assessments, and newsletters that motivate the students by emphasizing a real world applied-learning perspective. Our biggest competitive division is the high school division with 236 teams and most of the high school teachers participating are teaching the required course, said Altmyer.”

The fall session of the SDSMG will conclude its trading session Friday, Dec. 12.  The spring session will begin on Feb. 9. Teachers may register for the spring session at www.stockmarketgame.org.

The South Dakota Stock Market Game program is sponsored by the Black Hills State Center for Economic Education, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, and the South Dakota Council on Economic Education.