Ohio law encouraging schools to teach cursive by fifth grade officially in effect

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A pupil practices cursive writing at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School in Ellicott City, Maryland on October 15, 2013. For third-grade pupils at Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School, learning to write joined-up letters is a no-brainer, but outside the classroom, grown-up Americans are debating whether the nation’s children should be studying cursive at all. (Photo credit: Robert MacPherson/AFP/Getty Images)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cursive could be making a comeback under a new law now in effect in Ohio.

The law was signed by then-Governor John Kasich last year and would require the Department of Education to include “supplemental materials in cursive handwriting in the English Language Arts Model Curriculum.”

The goal is for students to be able to print letters and words by third grade and write legibly in cursive by fifth grade.

According to the law, schools district may choose to “adopt part or all of the materials included in the packet for incorporation into the district’s curriculum.”

The bill went into effect on March 20.

It also states that the new instructional materials shall be added to the curriculum no later than July 1 and are to be updated periodically.

The writing curriculum’s implementation will be overseen by the Ohio Department of Education.

Click here to read HB 58 in its entirety.

Continuing coverage, here.

**Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect that schools can choose to adopt the writing curriculum.  It is not a mandate.**

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