Chancellor Klein Supports National Standards

City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says he agrees with President Obama's call for national standards. Currently, all the states have their own math and reading tests which are often easier than the national exams used for comparing scores in the US to those of other countries. Klein says New York could do better.

KLEIN: In New York I think the standards have been improved, they eliminated the local diploma going forward but I think we ought to look at this as a nation and apply it to New York and everybody else.

Klein spoke on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show. He says the president should offer states incentives to adopt a national standard.

Listen to the Brian Lehrer interview >