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Jia Wang

Adjunct Professor; Senior Research Scientist
Jia Wang

GSE&IS Building 307
300 North Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521

Jia Wang
Adjunct Professor; Senior Research Scientist
Research Center


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles. Education: Research Methodology

Research Interests

My research and creative work centers around implementation challenges to education reform in four areas: 1. School Choice: how the effectiveness and diversity of public education can be improved by offering additional alternative models; 2. Teacher Training and Support: how teacher performance can be improved by applying evidence-based capacity-building strategies; 3. Student Access: how student performance can be improved by providing students access to better schools, quality teachers and instruction, more challenging courses, and more learning opportunities outside of formal instruction time; and 4. Assessment Quality: how assessments can be improved by ensuring they are aligned with federal and state frameworks as well as education standards for assessment technical quality and validity.


  • ED200B: Survey Research Methods in Education
  • 230A. Introduction to Research Design and Statistics
  • 230B. Linear Statistical Models in Social Science Research: Multiple Regression Analysis
  • 230C. Linear Statistical Models in Social Science Research: Analysis of Designed Experiment

Select Publications

  • Wang, J., Herman, J., Haubner, J. (in press). Exploring the variation in magnet school success across 24 magnet schools. Magnet Schools: Public Schools of Choice in a Changing Education Landscape.
  • Wang, J., Straubhaar, R., & Ong, C. (2020). Teacher and Administrator Experiences with Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Support in a California Charter-Led Turnaround School. Inquiry in Education, 11: 2, Article 22. Retrieved from:
  • Harju‐Luukkainen, H., Vettenranta, J., Wang, J, & Garvis, S. (2020). Family related variables effect on later educational outcome: a further geospatial analysis on TIMSS 2015 Finland. Large-scale Assess Educ, 8:3,‐020‐00081‐2
  • Harju-Luukkainen, H., Wang, J., La Torre, D. (2018). Using content analysis to compare a U.S. urban teacher residency to a Finnish teacher education program. The Urban Review.