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Robert Linquanti

Recommendations for Educating California's English Learners

In California, 40 percent of K–12 students are classified as language minorities — students for whom English is not a first language. While this statistic is higher than for many other states, English learners are the fastest growing student sub-population throughout the United States. How our schools effectively educate these students is a large and […]

English learnersPolicy

Robert Linquanti

Robert Linquanti Interviewed on Lack of Rigid Definition of Both English Learner and Fluency

In California, educators use a single, standardized test to determine whether a student is an English learner. And to determine whether an English learner has reached fluency? A multitude of strategies come into play — test scores, grades, teacher evaluations, and parental input. This discrepancy, along with the fact that schools lose funding when English […]

English learners