TRENTON, NJ – Citing research that suggests learning cursive benefits children's educational development, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight (D-Jersey City/Bayonne) has introduced legislation that would require elementary schools in New Jersey to teach students how to read and write in cursive.

Dropped as a requirement under Common Core standards in 2010, students would once again be expected to become proficient in both reading and writing in cursive by the end of the third grade under bill A-6010. McKnight said the research shows writing in cursive affects cognitive, motor and literacy skills, and may help students with learning disabilities like dyslexia read and write with greater ease.

“In some cases, children are entering middle school without knowing how to sign their own name in cursive,” McKnight said. “We are doing our children a disservice by not teaching them a vital skill they will need for the rest of their lives.”