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POP QUIZ

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.


QUESTIONS

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]


ANSWERS

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.

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