During the 2017 North Carolina General Assembly Legislative Session, the state statute concerning 12 month employment for agricultural education teachers at the high school level was changed (Read the legislation here). Beginning with the 2018-19 school year, all agricultural education teachers at the high school level shall be employed for 12 calendar months; however, local boards of education may apply for a waiver to this law. Over the last eight months, the state agricultural education staff and the Department of Public Instruction CTE staff have been working on the waiver process and we have finalized both the waiver process and an evaluation instrument that will be used to measure the quality of an agricultural education teacher's performance during their summer months of employment.
2018-19 Waiver of 12 Months of Employment Document
This form is for the 2018-19 school year which starts July 1, 2018. Local school boards can submit this waiver for the next school year and they are due to NC DPI by May 15, 2019.
2019-20 and beyond Waiver of 12 Months of Employment Document
This form is for the 2019-20 school year and beyond. There are three options local school boards can choose as the reasons for requesting a waiver for 2019-20 and beyond: 1) the teacher requests less than 12 month employment, 2) the school district does not have sufficient resources to employ the agricultural education teacher for 12 months, or 3) poor performance of the teacher during the previous school year. If Option 2 is chosen, the school district must provide budget information and planning allotments (The intent of the new law is clear by the general assembly: A school system must show evidence that they lack the months of employment or local resources to meet the intention of the statute.). For Option 3, poor performance can be documented by a teacher not meeting the minimum standard on the 12 Month Quality Teaching Evaluation. Waivers must be approved by both NC DPI and our staff.
Evaluation of Quality Twelve-Month Agricultural Education Teaching Positions
This evaluation instrument is the finalized version. There are 19 standards with an available 154 possible points. The goal is to achieve 100 points. The time period for the evaluation is a calendar year starting in January and ending in December. Teachers are responsible for logging their contacts, hours, and events. At the conclusion of the calendar year, evaluation should be discussed and signed off on by you the teacher, your principal, and CTE administrator.
If you have questions about twelve month employment, please contact your regional coordinator.