As school district assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in Massachusetts for over 15 years, during the time of transition to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System, I agree with the Dec. 2 editorial “R.I.’s approach is a failure” regarding Rhode Island’s poor showing on state learning standards in math and English.

Massachusetts has succeeded in bringing many students along who otherwise wouldn’t have learned so well. However, I can testify that it has been, and still is, a rocky road.

I believe that if Rhode Island decides to pay attention to the current excellent literacy and math standards, its students too can rise to the same levels.

 It is well worth the effort.

 Kay Scheidler