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) at WestEd.

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

Linquanti co-authored a study to define and measure EL linguistic and academic progress as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s national Title III evaluation.

In addition, he is co-authoring guidance for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) to help states in federally funded assessment consortia move toward a common definition of English learner.

Linquanti also co-leads CA CC’s collaboration with the California Department of Education and regional service providers to build technical assistance capacity supporting educators in implementing new standards and improving education services and outcomes for all students, especially ELs.

He publishes and presents widely on evaluating EL education policies, assessment, and reclassification; and improving accountability and equity for ELs, with emphasis on implementing new content and English language proficiency standards and assessments.

Linquanti serves on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium EL 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 advises the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Congressional staff, and CCSSO 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.