Utah studied cursive writing during the 2012-2013 school year. A committee of classroom teachers, university faculty, and literacy specialists met to look at the relevant research and data. This committee created language for the Utah Core Standards that was presented to the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) in April, 2013. Public comment was requested during April and May, 2013, and a summary of the comments was presented to USBE on June 7, 2013.
USBE voted to approve the additions to the Utah Core Standards that include teaching manuscript and cursive writing and also include building fluency in reading cursive writing.
Handwriting (both manuscript and cursive) is an important skill for students to learn. Teaching and practicing writing allows students to write letters correctly and efficiently. Fluent writers are able to focus on generating idea, producing grammatically correct text, and considering audience. Even when a student moves to a computer or other device, that writing fluency is important to the composing process.
English Language Arts (ELA) Best Practices in Teaching Handwriting
USBE has developed an eight-week online course focused on the basics of handwriting development, both print and cursive. It will be offered two times a year. Educators can register through Utah Education Network (UEN).
If you are interested in the research about cursive writing, the following is a list of some research and information about the role of handwriting in student learning.
Handwriting in the 21st Century?
An Education Summit (Videos of Six Researchers Presenting on Handwriting).
Utah has a cadre of certified handwriting instructors, please contact us for more information.