Cursive Handwriting Requirement


As a reminder, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year, districts are required to implement Mississippi Code Annotated Section 37-13-10, which requires districts to include cursive instruction and an assessment of those skills in all elementary schools. The attached document provides teachers, schools, and districts with guidance for cursive writing instruction from Grade 2 to Grade 5, in support of the Mississippi College- and Career-Readiness Standards for English Language Arts. It is important to note that instructional plans that detail when and how to teach and assess cursive writing should be developed at the local school or school district level.

 This guide does not advocate the use of any particular program to teach cursive writing. Local districts are encouraged to choose or develop the program that best meets the needs of students.

As schools and districts are planning instruction and assessment, the following should be considered:

  • Determine the grade level of administration (third to fifth)
  • Establish assessment criteria (must be administered by the end of fifth grade)
  • Communicate cursive writing requirements to parents
  • Align writing resources to the standards

The document is also online at