by YES! Weekly staff

Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask politicians and public servants about their jobs. This week we address questions to members of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board to see how much they know about starting teacher salary, SAT scores and the state’s current dropout rate. The rules are simple: no research, no callbacks.


What is the starting teacher salary in North Carolina? What is the (annual) dropout ratestatewide? What is the highest possible score on the SAT? ACT?

Geneva Brown, District 1

I don’t know. [X]

1600. I don’t know. [X]

I don’t know. [X]

Marilyn Parker, District 2

$24,000 [X]

2400. 30 [Partial credit]

33 percent [X]

Victor Johnson Jr., District 1

$23,000 [X]

1600. I don’t know. [X]

30 percent [X]

Jill Tackabery, District 2

$27,000 [X]

2,400. I don’t know. [Partial credit]

30 percent [X]

Jeannie Metcalf, District 2

$25,000 [X]

2400. I don’t know. [Partial credit]

10 percent [X]


The starting salary for teachers in North Carolina depends on level of education. Bachelor’s degree with certification with zero years of experience: $30,430. Master’s degree with certification with zero years of experience: $33,470.

SAT: 2400; ACT: 36.

During the 2006-2007 school year the NC Department of Public Instruction reported that  23,550 students, or 5.24 percent, dropped out. The state’s most recent recorded attrition rate  — that is, high school freshmen entering in academic year 2003-2004 that did not graduate with their class — is 30 percent.