Pitt County Schools no longer is “officially” teaching cursive handwriting, due to the advent of the Common Core State Standards.
The schools had been teaching cursive writing in third grade, according to Cheryl Olmstead, assistant superintendent of educational programs and services. Because of new emphasis on 21st century skills, there is not a block of instruction reserved for handwriting in the curriculum. Instead, students learn to print and then transition to keyboarding skills in the third grade.
Olmstead said a team of teachers and instructional coaches are figuring out where cursive writing might fit into the new standards.
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