Jessica Goldstein, PhD

Associate Professor in Residence, Educational Psychology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

Dr. Jessica Goldstein provides technical assistance to state agencies and local districts as they develop and enhance their assessment systems. Her research interests focus on the validity of large-scale assessment systems for special populations and she has led federally-funded research studies of such systems for young children and students with significant cognitive disabilities. Her primary responsibility at UConn is to support the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) on large-scale assessment issues. Her past projects have addressed Connecticut’s achievement gap, and the use of alternative measures of student achievement for school accountability, and benchmark assessment systems. Dr. Goldstein is currently working with the SDE and OEC to develop and validate a kindergarten entry assessment as part of a federally funded seven-state consortium. She is also working with the agency to develop an observation tool for educators and caregivers to support young children’s growth and development, birth through age five. Dr. Goldstein is on the Board of Great by 8, the early childhood community partnership in her hometown of West Hartford, Connecticut.


Ph.D., Measurement, Evaluation and Assessment, University of Connecticut, 2006

M.A. Educational Psychology, University of Connecticut, 2004

B.A. Psychology, Emory University, 1997

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Educational Psychology
Neag School of Education
249 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3064
Storrs, CT 06269–3064