Robert Linquanti
Project Director and Senior Researcher


  • English language learners
  • Minority students

Robert Linquanti is project director and senior researcher at WestEd. He helps states and school districts strengthen their assessment, evaluation, and accountability policies, practices, and systems for English language learners (ELLs). He recently co-authored a U.S. Department of Education study to define and measure ELL linguistic and academic progress, as well as guidance for the Council of Chief State School Officers to help states move toward a more common definition of English learner. Current work includes supporting state and local implementation of new content and English language proficiency standards and assessments; advising states on more common processes for defining ELLs; developing federal peer review guidance for Title III assessment and accountability systems; and fostering formative assessment as a pedagogical process to assist learning. Linquanti serves on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Advisory Committee for English language learners; 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.