Klein Reflects on Last Day of School

Chancellor Joel Klein says his 5th year on the job has been his most exciting yet. Speaking to reporters on the last day of school, Klein said he was proud of the city's steady gains on state achievement tests.

REPORTER: And he said the upcoming reforms, that include testing students more often throughout the year, will help teachers identify kids who need extra help.

KLEIN: What testing helps us do is understand what our students are learning and where we need to do further work. And I think that's critical.

REPORTER: Some parents have been critical of this fall's reorganization, saying it puts too much emphasis on testing. But, Klein says he'll give more powers to principals. You can hear more of the chancellor when he appears live on the Brian Lehrer show later this morning on WNYC.