I am being challenge by my principal to increase my 6th and 7th grader's typing speed in an effort to help boost their CCSS SBAC scores as it has some rather writing intensive passages.

As part of this he wants me to know what WPM 6th and 7th grade students should be typing at to use as a benchmark. I have focused more on proper typing position rather than speed as I have kids all over the board in speed and learning the keyboard. I am the only place they get instruction as the elementary teachers don't have time to teach it and the Jr and Senior high don't see a value in teaching it.

When I search for typing speeds of 10 to 13 year olds I get a bunch of wiki.answer or yahoo answer type sites but nothing credible. The only "credible" info I can find is the following site (http://www.teachingthecore.com/keyboarding-skills-and-the-common-core/) that says the CCSS says 6th graders should be able to type 3 pages in a single sitting. But no WPM definition or stardards. The author says it is an intentially vague standard.

What I am looking for is info on what is realistic for a 10 to 13 year to type in WPM and any resources to back that up.

Thanks

 

John

Tags: CCSS, Middle, School, keyboarding, typing

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When I started teaching middle school students, grades 6-8, I set a goal I thought was obtainable for them, 10 WPM, 20 WPM, 30 WPM. I quickly discovered this was too low. Therefore, I reset the goal to include a range 10-20 for 6th graders, 20-30 for 7th grades, and 30-40 for 8th graders. Students have risen to the challenge and, they understand that this is preparing them for the real-world. I explain that employers may required them to take a typing test and, they will need to type 50-60 WPMs. I also explain that I would rather they have the skill and not need it than need it and not have it.

I use the link below to monitor and assess students' progress.

http://www.typingweb.com/

I hope this helps

http://www.gdpkeyboarding.com/Word_Files/Required_Typing_Speeds.pdf

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