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Consumer and Family Studies (CFS) Content Area
Competency Profile: Grades 7-8 and 9-12

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The “Consumer and Family Studies (CFS) Content Area Competency Profile: Grades 7-8” was developed to provide instructors with a tool for the assessment of a student’s progress and mastery level of the standards in exploratory Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) courses. The evaluation, when recorded on the profile, will assist instructors in communicating to a student as well as others the level of knowledge and skills attained by the student upon completion of middle grade FCS courses within a CFS program.

Standards-based Competencies

The standards for CFS program courses were revised and updated by teachers and administrators as well as business, industry, and community representatives. The specific standards for CFS are incorporated in the Anchor Standards and can be found under Anchor Standard 10: “Technical Knowledge and Skills” in the document California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards, Grades Seven Through Twelve under the following three industry sectors: Education, Child Development, and Family Services (ECDFS); Fashion and Interior Design (FID); and Hospitality, Tourism, and Recreation (HTR).

The Anchor Standards are those that all students need to master to be successful in the career technical education curriculum and in the workplace. Students who take Exploratory FCS I and II should be able to master the knowledge and skills needed to transition to CFS Comprehensive Core and Concentration Courses at the high school level. When planning CFS courses, instructors should include Anchor Standards 1-9 and 11 and the specific CFS standards located under Anchor Standard 10 in each of the three applicable industry sectors.

In the Anchor Standards there are two levels of detail: standards and subcomponents. The standards are general expectations of what students should know and be able to do. The subcomponents elaborate on the specific knowledge and skills encompassed by the standard. The CFS content area standards are presented as subcomponents in Anchor Standard 10 in each of the three industry sectors and the standards detail for these can be found in the document Consumer and Family Studies Standards Implementation Resource Guide: Grades 7-12.

How to Use the Consumer and Family Studies Competency Profile

The cover page provides space for personal information, a record of completion of the competencies in each content area, and acknowledgement of successful completion of the course work and competencies. The instructor and student should work together to complete this information and update it on a regular basis.

The evaluation of a student’s progress and mastery level of the standards would ideally be completed at appropriate intervals in conference with the instructor, the student, and a CFS advisory committee member. Each of the subcomponents in Anchor Standards 1-9 listed under the standard on the Anchor Standards sheet and each of the standards detail under Anchor Standard 10 found on the CFS content area standards sheets should be reviewed and the appropriate box should be checked to indicate the degree of mastery.

For CFS Comprehensive Core and Introductory courses only the Anchor Standards subcomponents and the essential standards detail statements that are in bold print are assessed. For CFS Concentration Courses the Anchor Standards subcomponents and the standards detail statements that are not in bold should be assessed as well as any bolded standards detail statements that are reinforced.  FCSRO Career Pathway Standards are not addressed or assessed in CFS courses. The ratings should reflect the student’s attainment of the knowledge and skills rather than a grade that may be given in the class or program. The rating scale follows:

A = Advanced Demonstrates superior knowledge and skills; can work independently with no supervision.
P = Proficient Demonstrates proficient knowledge and skills; can work with limited supervision.
B = Basic Demonstrates minimal knowledge and skills; requires instruction and close supervision.
L = Limited Shows little or no knowledge or skill in this area.

The competency profile is to be kept in the site’s department/program file to be accessible for use, as needed, by instructors to review a student’s attainment of knowledge and skills; to plan further instruction or individual support for a student, if needed; for follow-up reporting; and for letters of recommendation. Upon completion of the CFS program, students should place a copy of their competency profile in their portfolio for future training, education, or employment and a copy should also be retained in department/program files for future reference.


No person shall, on the grounds of sex, race, color, national origin, or handicap,
be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subject to discrimination under this program.