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Koch: Results Released on Cursive Writing Survey
Updated November 1, 2017 7:24 AM
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(STATEHOUSE) -- The Indiana Department of Education (DOE) has released the results of a survey administered to elementary and secondary school teachers, principals, superintendents and members of governing bodies regarding whether they are in favor of or opposed to cursive handwriting being required in Indiana schools.

During the 2017 legislative session, State Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) authored Senate Enrolled Act 29, which directed the DOE to administer this survey. The results found 70 percent of those surveyed support a cursive writing requirement.

When Indiana adopted the federal Common Core standards in 2010, the cursive writing requirement was not included in the new federal standards. When Indiana moved away from the federal curriculum and adopted Indiana standards in 2014, cursive writing was not added back into required curriculum for elementary students. There have been multiple efforts over the years to pass legislation that would add it back as a requirement.

"Cursive writing is an important skill that our students should be required to learn," Koch said. "I would like to thank the DOE and Dr. Jennifer McCormick, the state Superintendent of Public Instruction, for their work in conducting the survey. This will provide the General Assembly with valuable information regarding the opinions of our education professionals on this issue."

The survey was conducted from Aug. 4 to Oct 1. Click here for the results



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