Lorena Llosa

Associate Professor of Education
Faculty Fellow-in-Residence, Carlyle Court

Lorena Llosa


Lorena Llosa is an Associate Professor of Education in the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University. Trained as an applied linguist, she focuses on the teaching, learning, and assessment of English learners’ content and language proficiency. The overarching goal of her research is to enhance the educational opportunities of English learners in K-16 contexts. Her studies have focused on standards-based classroom assessment of language proficiency, assessment of academic writing, placement testing of US-educated language minority students in community colleges, and the integration of language and content in instruction and assessment. She is currently Co-Principal Investigator on two projects funded by the National Science Foundation. The first project involves collaborative research between New York University and Stanford University to develop instructional materials aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in order to support English learners’ science learning and language development in elementary schools. The second project involves a collaboration with MIT and Vanderbilt University on the integration of computational thinking into NGSS-aligned science instructional materials for English learners.

Dr. Llosa’s research has been published in prominent peer-reviewed journals such as Language Testing, Language Assessment Quarterly, Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, Educational Assessment, Assessing Writing, Language Teaching Research, Language Learning, Reading and Writing Quarterly, Teachers College Record, and the American Educational Research Journal. She was awarded the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2009. Dr. Llosa received her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles