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Indiana Joins Other States in Examining Cursive Writing’s Place

in the Curriculum

As we recognize National Handwriting Day this month, it seems especially fitting that the state of Indiana is examining the importance of including cursive writing in their schools’ curricula. On January 9, 2013, a bill that would require Indiana school districts to teach cursive writing was the focus of a legislative hearing.

In 2011, the Indiana Department of Education dropped its cursive writing curriculum requirement, with the expectation that students were to become proficient in keyboarding skills. Read the complete news article on the WBEZ Chicago website.

The national discussion around handwriting instruction has been elevated since the release of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Even though the CCSS does not require cursive writing be taught, Alabama, California, Georgia, and Massachussetts have chosen to include cursive as part of their curricula.

Other states such as Kansas and Utah have also been considering whether to keep cursive writing as part of their schools’ instruction. Last month, the Kansas State Board of Education voted to recommend including cursive in all school curricula. The board suggests cursive writing can be incorporated in other study areas to minimize its impact on instructional time. Watch an informative interview with Tom Foster, Research and Evaluation Team Director, Kansas State Department of Education on the WIBW website to learn more.

In Utah, the State Board of Education is studying cursive writing during the 2012–2013 school year. A committee of classroom teachers, university faculty, and district specialists is reviewing the relevant research and data. This committee will create language for the Utah Core Standards that will be presented to the State Board of Education in the spring. 

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