Jim Soland

Assistant Professor Of Education

Jim Soland is an Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods at the University of Virginia and an Affiliated Research Fellow at NWEA, an assessment nonprofit.  His 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.  Prior to joining NWEA, Jim completed a doctorate in Educational Psychology at Stanford University with a concentration in measurement.  Jim has also served as a classroom teacher, a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, and 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.