Jim Soland's research is situated at the intersection of educational and psychological measurement, practice, and policy. Particular areas of emphasis include understanding how measurement decisions impact estimates of treatment effects and psychological/social-emotional growth, as well as detecting and quantifying test/survey disengagement. His work has been featured by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the Brookings Institute, and the New York Times.
In addition to his role at UVA, Soland is an affiliated research fellow at NWEA, an assessment nonprofit. Prior to his doctoral studies, Soland served as a classroom teacher, a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, and a senior fiscal analyst at the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), a nonpartisan organization that provides policy analysis to support the California Legislature and general public.
Ph.D., Stanford University, 2015
M.A., Stanford University, 2008
M.A., Stanford University, 2007
B.A., Haverford College, 2002