Study Recommends Ways to Improve Job Skills of Tennesseans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A survey of business leaders around the state has identified ways Tennessee's public schools could be improved to create more work-ready high school graduates.

The study recommends emphasis on four areas:

-- Basic mathematics.

-- Project-based instruction and teamwork.

-- Verbal communication.

-- Professional skills.

The 80-page report is by the Tennessee Diploma Project, a partner of the American Diploma Project, a 30-state effort to raise public education standards.

The report was sponsored by the Tennessee Business Roundtable and the Hyde Family Foundation.

It was culled from roundtable discussions between Governor Bredesen and 135 business leaders at meetings around the state. An additional 346 executives, managers and human resources officials completed surveys rating key job skills.

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