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State Status/Date Level Summary
SCSigned into law 06/2014P-12Cursive & Multiplication Requirements
H.B. 3905
Requires that each school district:
(1)    provide instruction in cursive writing to ensure that students can create readable documents through legible cursive handwriting by the end of fifth grade; and
(2)    require students to memorize multiplication tables...

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TNSigned into law 04/2014P-12Cursive Writing for Third Graders
H.B. 1697
Requires cursive to be taught in third grade.
http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/108/Bill/HB1697.pdf...

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NCSigned into law 06/2013P-12Back to Basics
H.B. 146
Require the state board of education to ensure instruction in cursive writing and memorization of multiplication tables as a part of the basic education program.
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions/2013/Bills/House/PDF/H146v3.pdf...

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IDAdopted 03/2013P-12Education, Cursive Writing
H.C.R. 3
States the findings of the legislature and requests that the state board commence rulemaking to require that cursive handwriting be taught in the state public elementary schools.
http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2013/HCR003Bookmark.htm...

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SCSigned into law 05/2010P-12Suspends Writing Assessments
H.J.R. 4823 - Sec. 3
Requires the state department of education, for the 2010-2011 school year, to suspend the writing assessments in grades 3, 4, 6 and 7; Provides that writing assessments may be administered only to students in grades 5 and 8 and that writing assessments may not...

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OHSigned into law 07/2009P-12Writing and Social Studies Assessments
H.B. 1 - Section 265.20.18
From DOE summary of H.B. 1:

Prohibits the administration of the elementary writing and social studies assessments during the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years, unless the superintendent of public instruction determines the department has sufficient funds to p...

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UTAdopted 04/2009P-12Exemption from U-PASS Testing Requirements
R277-705
Adds a new section regarding student achievement testing exceptions. Provides the state board may exempt a district or charter school from U-PASS testing requirements if a district or charter school pilots an assessment system that incorporates:
(1) online cla...

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KYSigned into law 03/2009P-12Improving Writing
S.B. 1 Section 17
Provides that whereas the quality of writing instruction is directly related to how well teachers are prepared in their teacher preparation programs and how confident they are in the writing process; and whereas some teachers have expressed tentativeness and d...

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KYSigned into law 03/2009P-12Transition in Writing Program
S.B. 1 Section 16
Provides that whereas writing is an essential skill for all public school students to master; and whereas the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years will be a transitional period for revising the content standards in all academic content areas and subsequently revis...

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UTSigned into law 03/2009P-12Online Writing Assessment
H.B. 334
Modifies the State Performance Assessment System for Students by requiring online writing assessments in grades 5 and 8. Encourages a school district or charter school, as applicable, to administer an online writing assessment to students in grade 11. Allows t...

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SDSigned into law 02/2007P-12Writing Assessments
H.B. 1035
Revises the required grade levels for assessment of writing skills by every public school district. Changes from grades 5 and 9 to "at least two grade levels."
http://www.legis.state.sd.us/sessions/2007/bills/HB1035enr.pdf...

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ILAdopted 04/2006P-12High School Graduation Requirements
23 IAC 1.440
Changes reference to "career education" to "career and technical education." Clarifies differences between courses high schools must offer, courses students must take, and courses students must pass to graduate. Clarifies that all high school students must t...

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INSigned into law 03/2006P-12Overhaul of State Testing System
H.B. 1240
Mandates that the department and the state board review the current statewide testing program and develop a long term plan that is subject to the approval of the state board for the transition to a testing program with the following objectives:
(1) To ...

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SCBecame law without GOVERNOR'S signature. 02/2004P-12Basic Skills Assessment Program
H.B. 3875
(Joint Resolution) Approves regulations of the Board of Education; relates to basic skills assessment program writing text; relates to minimum standards of student achievement....

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COVetoed 05/2003P-12Writing Assessments
S.B. 309
Concerns a suspension of the administration of statewide assessments in writing. http://www.leg.state.co.us/2003a/inetcbill.nsf/fsbillcont/C2AD9B7F773A7D3287256CCB00775965?Open&file=309_enr.pdf...

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CASigned into law 09/2002P-12Cursive handwriting standards
S.B. 1770
States that the Legislature encourages school districts to comply with the State Board of Education's English Language and Arts Writing Arts Strategies on cursive handwriting standards whereby pupils are expected to write fluidly and legibly. Encourages school...

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TNSigned into law 05/2002P-12Writing Assessment
H.B. 2900
Relates to comprehensive writing assessment scheduling....

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TNSigned into law 06/2001P-12Reading and Writing Proficiency
S.B. 1881/H.B. 1921--Omnibus Bill
Requires the state board of education to establish by rule and policy a reading initiative for kindergarten through grade 8 that includes at a minimum: (1) clear content and performance standards for student reading proficiency; (2) specific qualifications, re...

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NMSigned into law 04/2001P-12Testing in Reading, Writing
S.B. 673
Adds statewide testing in reading writing. Requires the department of education to involve local school district personnel, especially certified elementary reading specialists, in the development of methods on a statewide basis to measure student reading perfo...

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MESigned into law 04/2000P-12Maine Writing Project
H.B. 1708
(LD 2414); Supports and expands the Maine Writing Project to improve student achievement in writing, which is a major feature of the State educational assessment....

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