The state school board is taking steps to include the teaching of cursive writing and handwriting as part of Utah's education standards.

The Utah State Board of Education voted unanimously Friday to recommend that handwriting and cursive be taught in schools, something that's not currently required or included in the curriculum guidelines called "Common Core Standards," which Utah has adopted.

The core curriculum guidelines, which 45 other states have moved to adopt, are a national effort to replace patchwork standards across the country with uniform benchmarks for students.

They include requirements for students to learn keyboarding skills by the end of elementary school.

The Utah school board's recommendation is open to public comment before the board takes a final vote on the matter.