The purpose of this online form is to collect annual quality information regarding your local agricultural education program. Teachers and administrators should work together to complete all questions. Quality indicators achieved by the agricultural education program are rewarded with annual funding allocation through the incentive funding grant program. Failure to accurately complete this form before the published deadline may result in a loss of funding in fiscal year 2025.
The purpose of this application is to provide a comprehensive assessment of the agricultural education program based on eight program goals outlined in the Agricultural Education Administrative Rules. These rules provide the basic framework for the administration of the agricultural education line item, and provisions for the Incentive Funding Grant are outlined in Sections 75.200 through 75.260. Each of the nine goals has an established minimum standard and subsequent set of quality indicators. If a program meets the minimum standard for an identified goal, they are eligible to receive credit for quality indicators within that particular goal. A total program score determines the annual allocation for each district. Proceed through each portion of the application by assessing the minimum standard, reviewing each quality indicator, and determining a total score for each goal. Make note of the following items as you proceed through the grant:
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The agricultural education teacher is licensed by the State Board of Education for agricultural education.
Support services are available to all students in agricultural education programs.
On an at least an annual basis, the agricultural education teacher shall:
The instructional programs in agriculture are competency-based and include skills, knowledge and attitudes required for gainful employment in the occupations identified in the career pathways and are sequentially structured.
The following items are minimum standards for Goal 3. Instruction Programs:
Each agricultural education teacher incorporates an ongoing Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program as part of the instructional program. SAE experiences are incorporated into agricultural education courses or awarded as a separate SAE Workplace Experience course for credit.
Each program includes a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) program that requires students to apply lessons from classroom and laboratory instruction to activities in projects beyond the classroom, as evident by:
The National FFA Organization is an integral part of the instructional program in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources education.
The program shall incorporate into the curriculum opportunities to develop leadership skills through local, state and national FFA chapters in the agricultural education program. These opportunities are made evident through:
Each school conducting an agricultural education program provides adequate facilities, learning laboratories, equipment and supplies for effective operation of the program.
The facilities, equipment and supplies available to students shall enable them to have hands-on experiences that replicate up-to-date, realistic situations similar to what is occurring in the agriculture careers for which training is provided. Facilities are suitable for the purposes described as made evident by:
The program is advised by a committee that is representative of all agricultural interests of the community.
The school shall establish an agricultural advisory committee whose membership shall consist of representatives of the agriculture industries operating in the community. The committee shall:
The agricultural education teacher is involved in assessing the areas needed for literacy and agricultural education for the prekindergarten through adult audiences and provides or assists in providing programs to meet the needs identified in the community.
The agricultural education teacher assists in the coordination of agricultural education awareness and agriculture literacy activities for all of the following educational audiences. Note that all must be selected for achievement of minimum standard.
The agricultural education program is actively developing the engagement of middle school students in AFNR coursework, SAE programs, and the National FFA Organization.
The agricultural education program of instruction offered includes:
By checking this box, I am confirming that all of the information entered into this application is complete and true to the best of my knowledge.