The Knoxville Chamber’s Board of Directors is urging Knox County Schools to focus on students’ reading proficiency and building strong relationships between its career and technical education programming and employers.

The recommendations came as part of comments the Chamber’s board submitted to Superintendent Bob Thomas, whose staff is creating a new three-year strategic plan for the school system.

The Chamber noted that while Knox County students test scores are improving, too many students are not reading at grade-level standards. About 60 percent of students in grades third-fifth and grades sixth-eighth are not proficient – that is 15,800 students who are not ready to master the high school coursework that will prepare them for college and careers.

To read the Chamber’s comments in their entirety, click here.