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Arizona amends education standards to teach cursive handwriting

Arizona will require public schools to teach cursive handwriting as one of a number of new education standards approved by the state Board of Education.

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The move amends the state’s current standards, which are based on federal guidelines known as the Common Core. Common Core has become a politicized topic and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas campaigned on a promise to replace it.

“We now have new standards that have been worked on by Arizona teachers, parents and been vetted by anti-Common Core experts,” said Douglas. They also add a “foundational writing skills strand” for kindergarten through third grade that will have the students learn how to spell the most frequently used words.

Forty-eight percent of the Common Core standards on language arts and 40 percent of the Common Core standards on math were revised, according to the Board of Education.

The new standards also remove a requirement that 70 percent of high school reading material be “informational,” while 30 percent is “literary.

Source: Arizona amends education standards, adds cursive requirement – ABC15 Arizona