Jim Soland, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Soland is a Research Scientist at NWEA.  His research focuses on how uses and misuses of test scores impact practice and policy. Much of that work emphasizes measurement issues related to social-emotional learning, test motivation, and scaling. Prior to joining NWEA, Dr. Soland completed a doctorate in Educational Psychology at Stanford University with a concentration in measurement. His dissertation was awarded an American Educational Research Association grant and is now in publication. He has also served as a classroom teacher 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.