Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org. She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.
Chancellor Klein Supports National Standards
Thursday, March 12, 2009
New York, NY —
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.