How Much Do You Know About North Carolina Public Schools?

Test your knowledge about K-12 public schools in North Carolina by answering the following questions:

Click on an answer and see if you are correct!

  1. Approximately how many students were enrolled in traditional public and charter schools in North Carolina in 2010-11?

    • 825,945
    • 1,475,668
    • 2,012,439
    • 1,099,034
  2. Public schools in North Carolina are funded by a combination of local, state, and federal revenue. Which answer is closest to the approximate percentage revenue distribution from each unit of government?

    • Local: 45%; State 45%; Federal 10%
    • Local; 15%; State 35%; Federal 40%
    • Local; 5%; State 80% Federal 15%
    • Local; 25%; State 60%; Federal 15%
  3. Last year, North Carolina provided how much in state funds for K-12 education?

    • $6.7 Billion
    • $7.1 Billion
    • $3.8 Billion
    • $4.9 Billion
  4. True or False. Most teachers in North Carolina are eligible for tenure – or career status – after four years of teaching. In addition to other benefits, career status employees may be removed from their positions only if found guilty of violating any one of fifteen specific infractions.

    • True
    • False
  5. In 2010-11, there were 180,470 full-time education staff in North Carolina Schools. What percentage of all staff were teachers?

    • 53%
    • 74%
    • 67%
    • 84%
  6. Of the 94,879 teachers in North Carolina, 83 percent of them are employed by which unit of government?

    • Local
    • State
    • Federal
    • None of the Above
  7. Since 2009, North Carolina has received approximately $1.3 billion in federal stimulus money for public education. This money has been used to keep a variety of programs running and staffed. Approximately how many additional staff have been hired with federal stimulus money?

    • 2,232
    • 4,955
    • 7,477
    • 13,546
  8. What percentage of North Carolina high school freshman graduate four years later?

    • 84.5%
    • 74.2%
    • 89.6%
    • 78.3%
  9. On average, how much do North Carolina taxpayers spend to graduate one high school student?

    • $112,488
    • $142,027
    • $84,035
    • $126,437
  10. In 2009-10, (the latest year data is available) what percentage of students passed both math and reading End-of-Grade tests?

    • 66.3%
    • 89.6%
    • 93.7%
    • 73.6%


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Comments on this article

  • 1

    Steven Purdy
    Steven Purdy Jun 08, 2011 at 8:26

    The education quiz was nice. Why is it that for all the problems with the schools and their funding, firing teachers, etc., do we never hear anything about eliminating unnecessary classes, or at least revealing the complete list of classes and putting them up for discussion?

  • 2

    C. Daniel McClean
    C. Daniel McClean Jun 08, 2011 at 8:30

    Education is over funded. Throwing money at the problem of educating the “chillens” has not done anything to improve the quality of education and the standing of our students in national rankings. The problem is not student teacher ratio either. The problem starts with tenure and ends up in the state’s DOE. The DOE designs the programs and they only think that they know what they are doing. Of course, the federal department of education is a major contributor to the over all problem. That makes the NEA and other teacher’s unions part of the problem. It seems that best way to go is to privatize education too. Private industry is results oriented which appears to be the opposite of what government owned business is concerned with.

  • 3

    Pat Jun 08, 2011 at 9:42

    I was suprised I knew as much as I did (6-10) It was eye opening. I am sharing this.

  • 4

    Craig T.
    Craig T. Jun 08, 2011 at 10:48

    I am going to post a link to an E-BOOK that ALL parents and tax payers alike NEED to read. It will answer ALL of your questions about why and how our kids keep getting “dumber”….

  • 5

    Craig T.
    Craig T. Jun 08, 2011 at 10:51

    …forgot to let you know, the E-BOOK is FREE. And this is who wrote it.

    From her website:

    Charlotte Iserbyt is the consummate whistleblower! Iserbyt served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education, during the first Reagan Administration, where she first blew the whistle on a major technology initiative which would control curriculum in America’s classrooms. Iserbyt is a former school board director in Camden, Maine and was co-founder and research analyst of Guardians of Education for Maine (GEM) from 1978 to 2000. She has also served in the American Red Cross on Guam and Japan during the Korean War, and in the United States Foreign Service in Belgium and in the Republic of South Africa. Iserbyt is a speaker and writer, best known for her 1985 booklet Back to Basics Reform or OBE: Skinnerian International Curriculum and her 1989 pamphlet Soviets in the Classroom: America’s Latest Education Fad which covered the details of the U.S.-Soviet and Carnegie-Soviet Education Agreements which remain in effect to this day. She is a freelance writer and has had articles published in Human Events, The Washington Times, The Bangor Daily News, and included in the record of Congressional hearings.

  • 6

    K Godridge
    K Godridge Jun 08, 2011 at 16:02

    On the last question I’m surprised the percentage isn’t even lower. I just ended my volunteering in a third grade classroom and everyday I left that class sickened. Children are NOT being taught. Teaching is all geared to those darned tests. And who makes them up??? There were questions on those tests that many adults would not have been able to answer….ESPECIALLY when you consider the children are NOT learning. Multiplication tables NOT being taught and emphasized. They depend on the “chart” which so many of them took the time to make up before they even began their math tests. And if that chart isn’t correct??? Spelling? Don’t bother with that either. Classes having to do with geography, in particular NC and the surrounding states. Seems like there should be a MAP on display and some full classroom discussion going on. No that didn’t happen either. Very little actual classroom instruction going on. The children are “on their own”…in third grade! My heart wept for these children.

  • 7

    Martha Cable
    Martha Cable Jun 09, 2011 at 20:29

    this is the disgusting result of years of liberal indoctrination in the school system. No wonder more and more folks are homeschooling. I was shocked at the last question and by the time I got there, and I only was correct on 3 total, I laughed and picked the lowest number possible, and geez whiz,. I was right! Slightly over half of the employees are actually teachers,.. and what do they teach? How to behave ina PC way?
    No one fails,. they come in “second”. Oh, certain groups can’t pass a test? No problem, we’ll make the test so easy, everyone can pass. We won’t teach anything challenging in case there are those who don’t understand. And we need to wonder why our country is becoming third world? Keep your children home folks and teach them yourselves and they don’t get indoctrinated to be good socialists.

  • 8

    mtngirl Jun 16, 2011 at 22:19

    North Carolina’s graduation rate has improved tremendously over the years we are now ranked 25th in our graduation rate, the highest in the southeast and we spend less per pupil than 49 other states only mississippi spends less- As a native of this state all I can say is the GOP offers no serious solutions only smoke and mirrors and charters have never ever been proven to perform better than public schools-the majority do worse- but privitizing schools will help Art Pope’s buddies line their pockets-do some research and by the way teachers only have to be TOLD why they are being fired if they want to fire them it is very easy.

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