Cursive Is an Endangered Species

June 27, 2014 by

Over the past decade or so, something big has been happening in public schools throughout the United States: Instruction in cursive writing has all but disappeared, cut from curricula as schools bring more technology (and keyboarding) into the classroom. The new Common Core Standards for education omit training in cursive handwriting altogether. Even in the few schools where cursive is still taught, the subject is often covered in one year and writing in cursive is not required thereafter. Many young people entering college cannot write or read cursive. Indeed, many cannot even sign their name in traditional cursive.

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Pirates, cheats and IT certs Cheating is on the rise, but IT certification programs are fighting back.


Computerworld - It didn't take long for the test center proctor to realize something was amiss. One group of people clearly stood out from the rest of the candidates taking a popular IT certification exam. They sat rigidly in their chairs, hardly moving at all, and they proceeded through the questions at a pace of six items per minute, well above the norm of one to two questions per minute. All scored well above the minimum needed to pass the test.

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Denver 2014 Virtual Conference: The way to connect!

The newest innovation in serving the professional development needs of NCTA members will be the Denver 2014 Virtual conference. For the first time, testing professionals who are unable to attend the annual conference will have the opportunity to participate in real time from their office or home as part of a virtual audience. Registration for the virtual conference option is open now! The early bird registration fee for members is $75.00, $125.00 for non-members.

Register at: http://ncta-testing.org/conferences/2014/virtual.php

On Thursday, Sept. 4th, a portion of a full day’s worth of conference programming will be broadcast online for NCTA members who register to participate as a member of the virtual audience. The online program that day will be:

•President’s Welcome

•State of the Association General Session

Following these opening sessions will be 4 pre-selected breakout sessions:

Session 1: Empowered by Psychometrics: The Fundamentals of Psychometrics

     Presenter: Jim Wollack, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Session 2: Inevitable Cheating Incidents and How to Combat Them

     Presenter: Lisa Epley, Western Kentucky University

Session 3: Current Developments and Future Directions in Testing

     Presenter: Louis Woodruff, Bucks County Community College

Session 4: Ten Years of Test Security: The Road Traveled and the Road Ahead

     Presenters: Jim Wollack, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Rachel Schoenig , ACT, Inc., Steve Addicott, Caveon Test Security


Registration for the virtual conference option is open now! The early bird registration fee for members is $75.00, $125.00 for non-members. If time zone differences or work requirements prevent you from participating in the full program on Sept. 4th, those who register for the virtual conference will also be able to view the sessions via a recorded archive after the conference.


Visit the conference web site to register and get more information about the virtual conference option:



2014 NCTA National Conference

 September 3-6 2014

Denver, CO

For more information about the upcoming conference, visit the NCTA website http://www.ncta-testing.org/conferences/2014/index.php