Over the past year, I have read several articles and heard news stories on the topic of cursive writing in elementary schools. With federal requirements for students being proficient in reading and math, do schools still include cursive writing in their curriculum?
When reviewing the Writing Common Core Standards, I did not see any reference to cursive writing. Interestingly 45 states and the District of Columbia adopted the the Common Core Standards (CCS). Virginia is one of the states that did not adopt the CCS. Standards of Learning (SOLs) continue to be the curriculum taught by Virginia teachers. Guess What? SOL 3.8 states “The student will write legibly in cursive”. Coincidently, this is the first year students take SOLS, not just one SOL but four (reading, math, history, and science). Although four content areas are being assessed, students are also taught writing and have an exporatory/specials class.
You be the judge.