Starting this fall, students in Texas will be required to know how to write legibly in cursive by the end of fifth grade.
The move comes several years after the State Board of Education changed the language arts requirements for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in 2017, according to a local NBC station.
At the time, the updates weren’t reportedly scheduled to take effect until the 2019-2020 school year.
Under the new updates, students in schools across Texas will be required to begin learning how to write cursive letters in the second grade and must be able to write in cursive by the end of fifth grade.
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) signed a bill into law that made similar requirements back in December.
The bill required students in the state to be able to write legibly in print by the end of third grade and in cursive by the end of fifth grade.