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 measurement and policy. Particular areas of emphasis include measuring social emotional learning, quantifying and correcting for test disengagement, estimating teacher and school effectiveness, and growth modeling more generally. His work has been featured by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and the Brookings Institute. Prior to joining NWEA, Jim completed a doctorate in Educational Psychology at Stanford University with a concentration in measurement and policy. 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.