Backers are calling them long overdue and critical to our economy: National education standards. The National Governors Association was in Washington Wednesday to call for students, teachers and schools across America to strive for the same performance in math and English. Kids from some states already meet the proposed standards. Those from other states dont. "In a country where students and families move on a regular basis it does not make sense that where I reside determines expectations for my child," says Gene Wilhoit, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers. The Governors team promoting national standards found too many U.S. schools are run like they were in the 1950s. Experts also warn that U.S.. Students are falling behind, especially inner city children. "If we dont get more students and particularly students of color and from low income families, into college the US economy is not going to survive," warns Dane Linn, Education Director of the National Governors Association. Most states agree that national standards are needed, and half are expected to adopt the tough new guidelines by the end of this year.