Signed into law in May 2008, Senate Bill 08-212, also known as “Colorado’s Achievement Plan for Kids” or CAP4K, is a landmark education reform initiative that creates for the first time in Colorado a truly aligned preschool to postsecondary educational system. With the purpose to improve Colorado’s public education through alignment of preschool through postsecondary expectations, CAP4K will establish new standards and new assessments that enable all students to graduate high school with the skills and the knowledge to succeed in today’s 21st century, ultra-competitive global economy.
CAP4K called for all Career and Technical program areas to update and revise current curriculum standards. Through this process, the updated comprehensive occupational standards and competencies by CTE content area (Ag & Energy, Business & Marketing, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health, STEM, etc.) have been aligned and verified with the new Colorado model content standards in Math, Science and Language Arts. Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) standards have been updated and aligned for the following curriculum areas :