Jessica Goldstein

Jessica Goldstein

208 Graduate Education Building
College of Education and Health Professions
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Jessica S. Goldstein is a Distinguished Doctoral Fellow and Research Assistant in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. Jessica graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor's of Science in International Development from Cornell Univeristy. She was a 2010 Teach For America Corps Member in the Bay Area (CA), where she worked at KIPP San Jose Collegiate high school. While living in the Bay Area, Jessica had the opportunity to serve as an education consultant for the Stanford University School of Medicine developing coursework for use with the world's first virtual dissection table. After completing her Corps commiment, Ms. Goldstein returned to Cornell Unversity to study community resilience to economic and enviromental shocks, graduating in 2014 with her Master's in Professional Studies in Global Development Policy. After returning to the Bay Area for a short stint at Summit Public Schools, Jessica had the opportunity to design and open the first competency-based high school in Colorado for Denver Public Schools: the Denver School of Innovation & Sustainable Design (DSISD). She served as Lead Science Teacher and Instructional Team Lead for three years, during which the school was ranked the number one public-run high school in Denver.

Jessica's research interests include predictors of success in higher education, career and technical education, understanding the link between school finance and student outcomes, and education research methodology. When she is not focusing on school, Jessica can be found riding her horse, practicing yoga, hiking, or in a kayak exploring the beautiful Ozarks! 

University of Arkansas - PhD in Education Policy (Anticipated 2023)

Cornell University - MPS in Global Development Policy

Cornell University - BS in International Development

School finance and student outcomes

Education research methodology

Predictors of higher education success

Career and technical education

Open science practices

Goldstein, J.S. (2021) Book Review: Getting the Most Bang for the Education Buck by Frederick Hess & Brandon Wright, Journal of School Choice, 1-3.

Mills, J.M., Goldstein, J.S., Cheng, A., & Hitt, C. “The Effects of the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship on College Outcomes,” Proceedings of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, March 19-21, 2020.

Goldstein, J.S. (2020). Learning in the Fast Lane: The Past, Present, and Future of Advanced Placement, by Chester E. Finn and Andrew E. Scanlon. Journal of School Choice, 14(1): 154-155, DOI: 10.1080/15582159.2020.1720967

Goldstein, J.S. & McKenzie, S.C. (2020) Advanced Placement Course-Taking and ACT Testing Outcomes in Arkansas, Office for Education Policy.

Goldstein, J.S. (2013) Building a Systems Dynamics Framework for Resilience to Chronic Poverty in Social-ecological Systems, Cornell University.

Goldstein, Jessica, Mills, JN, Cheng, Albert, & Hitt, CE (2021) Does the Timing of Money Matter? A Case Study of the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship.

McGee, JB, Mills, JN, Goldstein, Jessica (2021) The Effect of School District Consolidation on Student Achievement: Evidence from Arkansas.

Goldstein, Jessica and McGee, Josh B. Did Spending Cuts During the Great Recession Really Cause Student Outcomes to Decline? (September, 2020). EDRE Working Paper No. 2020-05.