In 2010 the Common Core State Standards dropped cursive handwriting as a subject to be taught in US schools. Despite that, several states have either passed laws requiring cursive instruction, or have included cursive instruction and mastery in state standards. Those states* are
Alabama—Lexi’s Law requires students to be able to write legibly in cursive by the end of third grade.
Arizona—Students begin to learn cursive in kindergarten and are expected to be proficient by the end of sixth grade.
Arkansas—Cursive must be taught in public schools by the end of third grade.
California—Cursive is taught in third grade.
Florida—Cursive is taught in third, fourth and fifth grades.
Georgia—Cursive is taught in third and fourth grade.
Louisiana—Public and charter schools must begin teaching cursive by third grade and must incorporate it in the curriculum through 12th grade. The law was introduced when a surveyor told a Republican state legislator that he could not find young people who could read notes on old land documents.
Maryland—Cursive is taught in third, fourth and fifth grades.
Mississippi—cursive is taught in third through eighth grades.
Ohio—Kindergarteners must begin to write in cursive and be able to write legibly by the end of fifth grade.
North Carolina—Students must be able to write legibly in cursive by the end of fifth grade.
Oklahoma—Cursive is taught in third and fourth grades.
South Carolina—State law requires students write legibly in cursive by the end of fifth grade.
Tennessee—By state law, students are required to be able to write legibly in cursive. The State Department of Education decides when students are instructed in cursive.
Texas—Second graders will learn how to write cursive letters; third graders will learn to write cursive words; and fourth graders will complete their assignments in cursive, beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.
Virginia—Cursive is taught in third, fourth and fifth grades.
West Virginia—Cursive is taught in second, third and fourth grades.
*according to the Southern Regional Education Board, October 2016, and other sources
What are their signatures to a document going to be like without cursive writing