Special Report: Literacy for the Workplace

What skills do students really need for work?

In survey after survey, employers complain that today’s young job candidates lack practical skills in reading, writing, speaking, and digital literacy. In this special report, Education Week probes the disconnect between what schools teach and what the workplace demands and highlights how some K-12 educators are attempting to bridge those gaps.


Special Report: Literacy for the Workplace

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