Idaho educators say cursive writing among students is becoming increasingly rare as new technologies take over and schools reduce how long they expect cursive fluency.
Idaho formerly tested students for cursive writing skills until about seventh grade, but now only through about fourth grade.
Cursive is likely to see further declines as Idaho and 43 other states have started adopting national standards beginning in 2013-2014 that eliminate cursive writing as a required skill but mandate keyboarding.
Melissa McGrath, spokeswoman for the Idaho Department of Education, said future requirements for cursive fluency will be made at the district level. Some districts might want to continue teaching cursive.
Teachers say that some historical documents are written in script that would be unreadable to children who didn’t learn cursive.
Brigham Young University-Idaho education professors said cursive still plays an important role, and elementary education students are required to complete a course on handwriting. (AP)