Family and Consumer Sciences FAQs
Q: Who may teach the half-unit course in health required in the high school graduation requirements?
A: In 2005, the State Board of Education adopted new requirements for all students who graduate from public high schools in Missouri. One of those requirements includes a half-unit course in health education. Any person with a valid Missouri teaching certificate in Health Education or Family and Consumer Sciences education may teach the required health education.
Q: What course code do I use for reporting this for Core Data?
A: The course code to use is 096840.
Q: The course numbers in the core data manual and the Family and Consumer Sciences Implementation Handbook do not match. Which course numbers should I use for my family and consumer sciences courses when reporting them in Core Data?
A: The numbers preceding the course titles/course descriptions for the family and consumer sciences courses in the Implementation Handbook are numbers used at the state level for federal reporting purposes. Core data is a state reporting system, therefore, you should use the numbers assigned to the family and consumer sciences courses as outlined on page 174 of the “Core Data Collection System Manual”. The person who prepares the core data for your district will have a copy of this manual. The family and consumer sciences course numbers for core data reporting all begin with “0968—“.
Q: There is no longer a core data number listed for the comprehensive Family and Consumer Sciences full year course or the Contemporary Living semester course at the high school level. I still teach both of these courses. What core data reporting numbers should I use for these two courses?
A: There are no longer course numbers listed for Family and Consumer Sciences (the full year comprehensive course) and Contemporary Living because a new course titled “Career and Family Leadership”, implemented in the 2000-01 school year, replaces both of these comprehensive offerings for high school students. If you have not yet implemented the Career and Family Leadership course, and are still offering Family and Consumer Sciences and/or Contemporary Living in your program, or, you offer one of both of these courses in addition to the Career and Family Leadership course, report both of these courses under “Other Family and Consumer Sciences – 096899”. Comprehensive family and consumer sciences courses below the 9th grade level should be coded as “Discovering Family and Consumer Sciences - 096800”.
Q: There are different core data numbers for Career Development in Family and Consumer Sciences and Career Development/Entrepreneurship. What is the difference between these two courses?
A: A student competency list for a high school level semester course in Career Development/Entrepreneurship was developed in the 2000-01 school year and is located on the Curriculum & Resources page. This course includes career exploration/development concepts while focusing on entrepreneurship education.
Career Development in Family and Consumer Sciences is a course (high school or middle level) that provides instruction in career development/exploration. Student competencies have not been identified on the state level for this course.
If you have questions about core data reporting, please contact the state office.
Q: Who decides when and where the Missouri ACTE conference will be held?
A: According to Missouri ACTE policy, the conference is held annually on the last full week of the month of July. The Missouri ACTE Board of Directors, made of representatives of all the divisions of Missouri ACTE, determines the location of the conference on recommendation of its Program Improvement Committee.
Every two years, the Missouri ACTE Board sends out Requests for Proposals (RFP’s) to all Convention and Visitor Bureaus in the state. The proposals submitted in response to the RFP provide Missouri ACTE with information about available hotels, sleeping room and meeting space, and conference rates for each division of Missouri ACTE.
The Missouri ACTE Program Improvement Committee reviews all submitted proposals and makes recommendations to the Missouri ACTE Board of Directors as to the location that will provide accommodations for a high quality conference at the best value for all divisions of the organization. The Missouri ACTE Board votes and awards a two-year contract.
Q: The conference has been held in Springfield for a number of years. Why isn’t it held in centrally located Columbia or another large city such as Kansas City or St. Louis, or the Lake of the Ozarks?
A: Location in the state is not the deciding factor for determining the conference location. Many other factors contributing to a quality, affordable conference for all members are considered by the Missouri ACTE Board of Directors during the proposal process. Springfield has been chosen the conference location for the past 14 years based on their proposals providing adequate, affordable housing for conference attendees; adequate meeting room and other accommodations needed by the divisions; and, for the other monetary support provided for the conference by the Springfield Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
When other cities have submitted proposals, individual sleeping room rates quoted by participating hotels in those cities have been consistently and significantly higher than those from Springfield, and meeting room space and availability quoted was often not sufficient to meet the needs of all divisions of the organization. Again, providing a high quality conference at the best value for all conference divisions and attendees has been the overall goal for conference location selection.
Q: Why is MoEFACS always at the Clarion?
A: Division hotels are assigned a headquarters hotel based on membership. Sleeping room accommodations and meeting room needs are reviewed and divisions are assigned to the properties that best fit the needs of the division.
Even though Springfield has a large number of hotels, many of the properties do not provide both adequate sleeping rooms AND meeting room space to accommodate individual divisions. Therefore, there are a limited number of hotels that can be utilized by individual divisions that meet their needs for BOTH meetings and sleeping room accommodations for every member. For this reason, overflow hotels are assigned to each division to accommodate additional sleeping room needs.
MoEFACS has been fortunate to be located at the Clarion, with several quality overflow hotels in close proximity. Clarion staff members are familiar with our conference, providing consistency for conference planning, and meeting room space provided there has been very adequate to accommodate our membership of 475.