Kentucky students would be required to learn cursive writing in new standards
Frankfort -- For the first time, Kentucky students would be required to learn cursive writing, in a revision of academic standards released Monday by Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt for public review. Calculus standards are also new in the revised English/language arts and math standards.
“The Common Core Standards are over,” Pruitt said as he announced that the state Department of Education is moving ahead with developing a new set of standards for math and English/language arts. He outlined several steps that the public, educators and lawmakers will take in reviewing the revisions before being sent to the Kentucky Board of Education.
Senate Bill 1, the reform bill approved by the 2017 General Assembly, calls for the state education department to implement a process for reviewing all academic standards and their aligned tests beginning in the 2017-18 school year. The current schedule calls for one or two content areas to be reviewed each year and every six years after that on a rotating basis. Senate GOP leaders had touted Senate Bill 1 as repealing the Common Core standards, as they had long promised.
The state’s current English/language arts and mathematics standards have been taught in Kentucky classrooms since 2011, officials said Monday. Standards outline what students are expected to learn in each grade, not how they are taught. The curriculum or methods and materials used to teach the standards is decided by the local school district.