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The mission of the Illinois FFA Foundation is to provide financial support for the Illinois FFA. When you make a gift to the Illinois Foundation FFA, you are investing in the future of agriculture..

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The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..

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The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..

The Illinois State Board of Education is the state agency responsible for Pre-K through 12th grade education. Its primary mission is state program leadership, planning, approval, funding, and evaluation..

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources.. provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..

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Erica Thieman
Illinois State Board of Education
Principal Consultant in Agricultural Education
100 North First Street, C-215
Springfield, IL 62777
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New GATA Programmatic Reporting, CCR Public Comment

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

  1. New Periodic Programmatic Reporting for Grants

  2. ISBE Seeks Public Comment on College and Career Readiness Indicators



New Periodic Programmatic Reporting for Grants

As a function of the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA), a new periodic programmatic report is required of grantees for each program (grant).  As a result, districts (grantees) are now required to complete a quarterly electronic programmatic report in addition to the existing electronic expenditure report.  Each report (programmatic and expenditure) is a different system in IWAS under the Reporting category. These programmatic quarterly reports must be submitted each quarter (Sept 30, Dec 31, March 31, June 30) for each grant (or each month if the district has been determined as high risk status) regardless if any activity has occurred or not or if the grant has been completed or not.  These reports are due no later than 30 days after the end of the quarter (20 days if reporting monthly).

The district assigns someone to complete the new programmatic report – the program person, the business/admin office staff, or otherwise.  A suggestion would be the same person who completes the expenditure reporting (with open communications with the program teacher). Whomever is assigned this responsibility would need to sign up for the system in IWAS by clicking on the link in the lower right of the System Listing (add another system). The district Supt would have to approve this access as is done for other IWAS Systems. In IWAS ‘Reporting’ section, there is a “Grant Periodic Reporting System” where the report must be completed and submitted. 

The ISBE GATA team rolled this new reporting system out to districts in October 2017.  Here is a link to the guidance provided (under ‘What’s New’) by the GATA team.  Basically, this short, fairly simple report is asking if you are on target to complete the current year’s grant. The report is based off the Exhibits page in each grant (i.e. Ag Ed Incentive Funding Grant Three Circles Grant, etc.)  It can be found under GATA pages, Uniform Grant Agreement, and then the Exhibits subtab.  You are reporting whether or not you are on time/schedule with completing grant requirements, activities, and expenditures. While the contents of this reporting may change over time, there are currently no additional documents to upload (for IFG and Three Circles grants).  Just complete the report by inserting a statement in the textbox and/or by clicking the appropriate radio button and submit. The attached document is guidance by grant on what to enter in the textboxes (questions to answer) for each part of the report. Contact me if you have further questions.



ISBE Seeks Public Comment on College and Career Readiness Indicators

The Illinois State Board of Education is requesting public comment on the proposed changes to the College and Career Readiness Indicator in the ESSA State Plan for Illinois, as well as the P-2 and Elementary/Middle Grade indicators, by Friday, February 16, 2018All comments or suggested changes need to be submitted to  Once adopted and implemented, these indicators are likely to impact districts and CTE programs (administrators, teachers, and students) for the foreseeable future.  The proposed changes and how to submit your comments can be found by going to and looking for the links posted under ‘School Quality/Student Success Indicators’ information (part-way down the page).  You may specifically want to review pages 4, 5, 7-11, & 16-17 of the ‘College and Career Readiness’ (secondary level) document.  Thank you in advance for your time and constructive input in this process!


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