Robert Linquanti

Project Director

Robert Linquanti

Robert Linquanti is Project Director for English Learner Evaluation and Accountability Support (ELEAS) and Senior Researcher for the California Comprehensive Center (CA CC). Both ELEAS and the CA CC are housed within the Comprehensive School Assistance Program at WestEd.

Linquanti helps states and school districts strengthen their assessment, evaluation, and accountability policies, practices, and systems for English learners (ELs).

His current work includes co-leading the CA CC’s efforts to support state and local implementation of new content and English language proficiency standards and assessments; advising states on more common processes and tools for defining ELs; developing federal peer review guidance for Title III assessment and accountability systems; and advising education leaders on formative assessment as a pedagogical process to assist learning.

He recently co-authored a U.S. Department of Education study to define and measure EL linguistic and academic progress; several guidance publications for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to help states in consortia move toward a more common definition of English learner; and a policy primer for CCSSO on supporting formative assessment for deeper learning.

Linquanti is also co-author of English Language Learners and the New Standards: Developing Language, Content Knowledge, and Analytical Practices in the Classroom, to be published by Harvard Education Press in spring 2015.

Linquanti serves on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium English Language Learner (ELL)  Advisory Committee; CCSSO ELL Assessment Advisory Committee; Texas State Assessment Technical Advisory Committee; Stanford University’s Understanding Language initiative; and the national Working Group on ELL Policy.

He regularly advises the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Congressional staff, and other national and state education policymakers on EL assessment and accountability policy and practices, and has taught as invited faculty at the Aspen Institute and Stanford University.

Linquanti received a BA summa cum laude in English and Spanish linguistics and literature from SUNY-Buffalo; an MPA in public policy analysis from Columbia University, where he was a Columbia Public Service Fellow; and did postgraduate work in linguistics at the University of Madrid.