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					                                                 Agriscience for Science Credit Guidelines
                         Agriscience for Science Credit Guidelines, Adopted 1998, Reviewed March, 2001, for Approval Fall 2001

Introduction: Based on research results from the Agriscience for Science Credit Project, the State Board of Education granted approval
for schools with agriculture education programs to teach two agriscience courses to fulfill the third science credit requirement for non-
college prep students and as a fourth science elective for college prep students. Research data has shown that agriscience students score
higher on the high school science graduation exam and passed the exam at a higher rate than students taking a third traditional science.
Schools may now offer the following courses through the agriculture education program for science credit to satisfy the third science
requirement for high school graduation:

         02.441    Plant Science and Biotechnology
         02.421    Animal Science and Biotechnology

Purpose: The purpose of the Agriscience Program is to teach the science of plant and animal agriculture in an applied setting to students
with an expressed interest in agriculture.

Target Population: Agriscience is intended for students with an interest in agriculture. The course allows students to study science in
context in an area of interest. Non-college prep students (TC/P) may obtain science credit to fulfill the third science credit and college
prep students (CP) may take the course as a fourth year college prep elective.

Requirements: Supervised experience programs (SAE) and leadership activities are a part of the Quality Core Curriculum (QCC).
Students enrolled in agriscience are expected to participate in a complete program of agriculture education including supervised
experience programs and leadership activities.

SAE: Students will be expected to carry out a supervised experience program (SAE) related to agriscience. It is expected that popular
SAEs in agriscience will include research projects and displays and presentations of research results at appropriate events. Examples
include conducting and presenting original research as part of the FFA Agriscience Fair.

FFA: Participation in leadership and personal development activities is expected of agriscience students. While all FFA activities are
open to agriscience students, appropriate activities related to agriscience includes presentation of projects/research results in class and in
regional, state and national career development events. Presenting, explaining, speaking before a group, and responding to questions are
important personal development and research skills.

Guidelines: The following guidelines should be followed to help assure quality in the agriscience for science credit program.

1.       The teacher should hold a current teaching certificate in agricultural education.

2.       The state-approved curriculum for the agriscience courses should be followed.

3.       The teacher should attend an initial training session, minimum thirty contact hours, for each agriscience course taught.

4.       The agriscience teacher should periodically attend update training sessions offered in agriscience.

5.       Schools offering agriscience for science credit should participate in testing programs designed for agriscience.

6.       The agriscience program should be well equipped and have proper laboratory facilities available. See the Georgia Agricultural
         Education Curriculum Resource and Reference CD for an approved equipment list.

7.       Agriscience students should have an interest in agriculture and participate in the full agriculture program including SAE and FFA
         activities appropriate to agriscience. Schools may wish to consider requiring one or more agriculture course credits as a
         prerequisite for taking agriscience courses.

8.       Agriscience courses should be offered as part of a planned agriculture education program, not just an elective for science credit.

9.       To prevent agriculture teachers from becoming de facto science teachers, teaching agriscience for science credit should be
         limited to no more than one-third of a teacher’s instructional time.

For additional information contact: State Director of Agricultural Education, 1758 Twin Towers East,
Atlanta, GA 30334, 404-657-8312

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