Bob Linn
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, in memoriam

Robert Linn was Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Education in the Research and Evaluation Methodology program. Dr. Linn published more than 250 journal articles and chapters in books dealing with a wide range of theoretical and applied issues in educational measurement. His research explores the uses and interpretations of educational assessments, with an emphasis on educational accountability systems. His work has investigated a variety of technical and policy issues in the uses of test data, including alternative designs for accountability systems and the impact of high-stakes testing on teaching and learning. He received several awards for his contributions to the field, including the ETS Award for Distinguished Service to Measurement, the E.L Thorndike Award, the E.F. Lindquist Award, the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCNE) Career Award, and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Award for Distinguished Contributions to Educational Research. Dr. Linn was a member of the National Academy of Education (NAEd) and a Lifetime National Associate of the National Academies. He was an active member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for more than 40 years and served as vice president of the AERA Division of Measurement and Research Methodology, vice chair of the joint committee that developed the 1985 Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, and as president of AERA. He was a past president of the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), past editor of the Journal of Educational Measurement and editor of the third edition of Educational Measurement, a handbook sponsored by NCME and the American Council on Education. He was chair of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Board on Testing and Assessment and served on the NRC’s Board of the Center for Education, and of the Advisory Committee for the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He served as chair of the NAEd Committee on Social Science Research Evidence on Racial Diversity in Schools, and as chair of Committee on Student Achievement and Student Learning for the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.


PhD Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1965
MA Educational Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1964
BA Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1961