The national standards don’t require children to learn how to read and write in cursive. They do, however, require that by the end of fourth grade, students demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to complete a one-page writing assignment. There is no mention of the need for cursive writing ability. The requirement is found in the literacy standards for English Language Arts for fourth-graders in a section that spells out standards for writing: “With some guidance and support from adults, use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.”
Last year, in adopting the common core standards, boards of education in Alabama, California and Georgia included a cursive writing requirement for their public schools.
A National Association of State Boards of Education report released last fall found the average third-grader was getting only 15 minutes of handwriting instruction a day, down from the standard 30 to 45 minutes a generation ago.
“It is very important for students to learn to read and write in cursive, and if they don’t, they have a greater risk of not being successful as an adult,” Crittenden said. “Writing is an important factor in reading skills and comprehension and this includes penmanship. If students are lacking these skills then they have a greater risk of being unsuccessful and unaccomplished.”
For more information about the CCGPS, visit www.doe.k12.ga.us.
CNHI News Service contributed to this report.
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