Kevin Bastian

Kevin Bastian is a Senior Research Associate at UNC-Chapel Hill and the Director of Research at the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina.

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The allocation of support personnel in North Carolina

In this research brief, we examine the ratios of support personnel (i.e., school counselors, psychologists, and social workers) to students...


A leak in the teacher pipeline? Employment rates for initially-prepared teachers from UNC System institutions

In this research brief, the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC) examines one and three-year employment rates in North Carolina...


Portals into the profession: The composition, performance, and retention of NC’s early-career teachers

In this research brief, the Education Policy Initiative at Carolina (EPIC) presents updated results from our Teacher Portals analyses, a...


Graduate degrees and teacher pay: What we know and questions still to answer

Six years ago the General Assembly eliminated salary increases for teachers earning a graduate degree. Now, graduate degree pay is...


Student teaching placement sites and the performance of early-career teachers

Student teaching is a scaffolded opportunity for pre-service teachers to assume full control of a K-12 classroom and become better...


Which credentials predict the performance of early grades reading teachers?

In this policy brief we assess the associations between teacher credentials and measures of performance— value-added estimates and evaluation ratings—for...


Staffing North Carolina’s classrooms

Who will staff the classrooms of North Carolina’s public schools? While always important, given the connections between teachers and academic...