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​General Core Benchmarks

Content Area Standard Standard Title Benchmark Description
Biotechnology4Basic Biotechnology Concepts4.1Define biotechnology, and describe key historical events in its development
Forestry2Safety2.3Use fire extinguisher
Forestry2Safety2.4Use first aid kit
Leadership and Career Development1Fundamentals of Leadership and Career Development1.1Identify and describe leadership styles
Leadership and Career Development1Fundamentals of Leadership and Career Development1.2Identify the factors in developing effective leaders
Leadership and Career Development1Fundamentals of Leadership and Career Development1.3Identify traits of effective leaders
Leadership and Career Development1Fundamentals of Leadership and Career Development1.5Describe changing trends in agriculture and how they affect career opportunities
Leadership and Career Development1

Fundamentals of Leadership and Career Development

1.6

Identify transferable skills from one career pathway to another within agriculture

Leadership and Career Development1Fundamentals of Leadership and Career Development1.7Design a continuing education plan to assist someone to move up a career ladder in a particular pathway
Leadership and Career Development2Employability Skills2.1Research career information and resources for use in career decision making
Leadership and Career Development2Employability Skills2.2Compile a career portfolio including a resume and samples of highlighted projects, personal newspaper clippings, etc.
Leadership and Career Development2Employability Skills2.3Understand the necessity of continuing education and lifelong learning to enhance career ladder development
Leadership and Career Development2Employability Skills2.4Participate in a mock interview, including the completion of a sample application
Leadership and Career Development3Job Readiness and Retention Skills3.1Understand appropriate workplace attire and etiquette
Leadership and Career Development3Job Readiness and Retention Skills3.2Demonstrate ability to work successfully within a team atmosphere
Leadership and Career Development3Job Readiness and Retention Skills3.3Demonstrate problem solving techniques
Leadership and Career Development3

Job Readiness and Retention Skills

3.4Understand diversity and work effectively with all individuals
Leadership and Career Development3Job Readiness and Retention Skills3.5Work independently and be self motivated
Leadership and Career Development3

Job Readiness and Retention Skills

3.6Demonstrate conflict resolution techniques
Leadership and Career Development4Citizenship4.1

Identify and describe various community-based youth, civic and professional organizations

Leadership and Career Development4Citizenship4.2

Participate in selected community-based youth, civic or professional organizations

Leadership and Career Development4Citizenship4.3

Develop an understanding of the purpose, structure and function of governmental units at all levels

Leadership and Career Development4Citizenship4.5

Identify the limits of local government and the impact of state and federal laws on local governments

Leadership and Career Development5

The Purpose, Structure and Function of FFA

5.1Identify the aims, purposes and structures of the FFA
Leadership and Career Development5The Purpose, Structure and Function of FFA5.2Explain FFA tradition and principles
Leadership and Career Development5

The Purpose, Structure and Function of FFA

5.3Describe the historical development of the FFA
Leadership and Career Development5

The Purpose, Structure and Function of FFA

5.4Participate in Career Development Events
Leadership and Career Development6

Individual and Group Leadership

6.1Demonstrate the ability to use parliamentary procedure
Leadership and Career Development6

Individual and Group Leadership

6.2Identify the key factors in building successful teams
Leadership and Career Development6

Individual and Group Leadership

6.3Conduct successful meetings
Leadership and Career Development6

Individual and Group Leadership

6.4Develop and implement an annual program of activities for the FFA chapter
Leadership and Career Development6

Individual and Group Leadership

6.5Analyze personal strengths and weaknesses
Leadership and Career Development6

Individual and Group Leadership

6.6

Identify personality traits and how these affect relationships with others in the workplace

Leadership and Career Development7

Communication and Public Speaking

7.1

Demonstrate effective communication skills, including oral, written, listening and questioning

Leadership and Career Development7

Communication and Public Speaking

7.2

Create and deliver a prepared and extemporaneous speech demonstrating proper public speaking skills and etiquette

Leadership and Career Development7Communication and Public Speaking7.4Demonstrate basic journalism and writing skills
Leadership and Career Development8Information Research Skills8.1Conduct extensive research on a selected topic using a variety of sources
Leadership and Career Development9

Supervised Agricultural Experience

9.1Develop short, mid- and long-term range project plans
Leadership and Career Development9

Supervised Agricultural Experience

9.2

Develop a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) based upon individual interests/career goals

Leadership and Career Development9

Supervised Agricultural Experience

9.3Maintain complete and accurate records
Leadership and Career Development9

Supervised Agricultural Experience

9.4Analyze records to determine strengths and areas for improvement

Management, Economics and

Marketing

1

Impact of Agribusiness on the Economy

1.1

Discuss the historical significance of agriculture to U.S. and global economic strength

Management, Economics and Marketing7Accounting and Financial Systems7.1Maintain accurate business and financial records

Management, Economics and

Marketing

9Credit9.3Identify possible types and sources of credit
Natural Resource Management1

Natural Resource Conservation and Preservation

1.2Identify renewable and non-renewable natural resources
Natural Resource Management7Soils and Soil Conservation7.2Describe the major soil characteristics and how they affect soil usage
Natural Resource Management8Water8.1Explain the hydrologic cycle
Natural Resource Management10Land Use10.1Identify the various types of land uses
Plant and Soil Science4Botany and Physiology4.1

Describe the process of photosynthesis, respiration, translocation and transpiration

Power Systems Technology2Safety2.1Demonstrate positive safety attitudes and responsibilities
Power Systems Technology4

Tools, Equipment and Hardware

4.1

Identify, select, adjust, maintain and safely use common hand tools and power tools

Power Systems Technology7

Machinery and Equipment Systems

7.1Review service schedules and conduct procedures
Power Systems Technology11

Environmental and Natural Resource Systems

11.3

Use global positioning systems, remote sensing and collection equipment for agricultural applications