Family and Consumer Science Content Standards and Benchmarks Overview

Content Standards and Benchmarks Overview

SBE Approved July 1, 1998, Revised 2004


Family and Consumer Science Education prepares students to evaluate, coordinate, and function in multiple adult roles of day-to-day living and working throughout the life cycle. Students develop an individual sense of well-being to become contributing members of society as a family member, worker, nurturer, consumer, citizen, and life-long learner. Family and Consumer Science Education promotes the growth of the individual in a holistic manner--including physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development. This is best achieved through instruction of a program with values consistent with those of the local community. Instruction in Family and Consumer Science Education not only helps learners with their present development tasks, but also will be incorporated into their life goals and role responsibilities. Development of these values and skills will create a responsible individual who is a contributing participant in society.

The ultimate objective of Family and Consumer Science Education is to help students learn and incorporate the necessary skills to have productive, complete, and knowledgeable lives.

A prepared student:

  • Fulfills family and work roles and relationships;

  • Demonstrates care giving and nurturing throughout the family life cycle;

  • Assesses individual growth and healthy choices;

  • Exhibits responsible consumer behavior and determines its effect on the family;

  • Assesses effects of social and technological changes on the family; and

  • Participates in and understands the interrelatedness of family, social and civic activities and his/her responsibility as a citizen

Content Standards - All Students will:

  1. (Balance of Family and Work) Demonstrate skills necessary to function in family roles and relationships which are transferable to roles and responsibilities within the workplace and community;

  2. (Nurturing) Demonstrate characteristics of nurturing;

  3. (Human Development) Analyze factors that influence human development;

  4. (Decision Making) Demonstrate responsible personal and family decision-making;

  5. (Responsibility) Practice family, social and civic responsibility;

  6. (Wellness) Develop a plan for individual and family wellness;

  7. (Demographic Change) Examine demographic changes and their impact on society and the family;

  8. (Consumerism) Practice responsible consumer and producer behavior, rights, and responsibilities;

  9. (Impact of Technology) Assess the effects of technology on the family;

  10. (Using Community Resources) Demonstrate the use of community resources to solve individual and family issues.