Cursive handwriting instruction in the United States

In the United States, cursive handwriting instruction is provided to elementary school children in some schools, with cursive taught alongside standard handwriting. Due to multiple factors including stylistic choices and technological advancement, the use of cursive has quickly declined since the start of the 21st century.

Cursive has traditionally been used as a way of signing one's name, a signature.

No Child Left BehindEdit

When the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was implemented, several changes were made to the classroom curriculum. One of those changes, which has been frequently altered, is the requirement for cursive handwriting. The U.S. Department of Education has provided updates of the changes as they are implemented by school systems. The general curriculum states that by 5th grade, students should use cursive exclusively.[1][failed verification]

Recent eventsEdit

Many United States schools have removed cursive handwriting instruction from their curriculum. When the system was revisited after the skill was taken out of the core requirements, school therapists reported that some students struggled with manuscript but excelled in cursive writing.[2] Many schools have adopted keyboarding as an alternative to cursive handwriting instruction.[3]


  1. ^ "2008 No Child Left Behind- Blue Ribbon Schools Program". U.S. Department of Education. Archived from the original on January 16, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2013.
  2. ^ Morgan, Jessika (March 20, 2013). "New Bill Could Require Cursive Writing In School Again". The Free Press (Kinstin, North Carolina).
  3. ^ "Schools Debate Cursive Handwriting Instruction Nationwide". The Huffington Post. May 30, 2011. Retrieved March 27, 2013.