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BJ to answer your questions I would shoot for 35 wpm
From my experience, you will get higher scores than that, there are some
kids who will not meet a higher benchmark for several reasons.
When I was a business teacher, I got to take a  methods class from the
esteemed Cortez Peters Junior and watched him type over 200 words a minute
on an IBM Selectric without a single mistake.  Amazing.
http://www.freebase.com/view/en/cortez_peters_jr
Seems the wikipedia article relating to him has been deleted, but I can
actually say I did see him accomplish this

My experience is that high school students scored higher on typing test when
we were teaching keyboarding on IBM selectrics.
It was not unusual for the top scorers on the State FBLA  typing
competitions to be over 100 wpm.  As computers replaced typerwriters, scores
dropped to about half that speed.  I believe that was primarily because kids
were learning to use keyboards in different ways and developing individual
habits (not necessarily proven strategies to build speed).  And as much as
kids would say "I can type faster when I do it my way" (which usually is
hunt and peck), they will never reach the scores Bryan is talking about
because   "wasted motion" moving the whole hand around.  Bryan can type
those speeds because his method waste little time on extra motion by  using
a touch typing approach, just as an Olympic swimmer or sprinter achieve
higher speeds than their competitiors by strategically reducing unnecessary
movement and resistance (even shaving their legs helps).

Years ago many predicted that we would not be using keyboards today because
of the progress voice technology was making.  I'm not surprised that this
prediction has not come true.  I can't imagine a plane full of people
sitting next to each other dictating to their computers.  But something that
I wonder about is whether an input device that simulates 'texting' is around
the corner.
or perhaps 'morse code input".
http://www.ku3o.net/morse/  (videos of a race between morse code and
texting)

I use the following video of a 5th grader typing 100 wpm modeling perfect
technique (while chatting) to inspire middle school kids that indeed it can
be done.
http://www.blip.tv/file/417918

Lucie






 On Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 12:28 PM, Bryan Thompson <
[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Ok, ok, (beating a dead horse here) - I just took a typing test, and I'm
> currently at 100 wpm, so I'm guessing at my best, I was at 150/175. A 200
> wpm difference - not *that* big of a difference.
>
> To answer the original question properly, I don't know if we currently have
> a set benchmark for typing - I'll check with our business teacher who does
> teach touch typing.
>
> Bryan
>
> Bryan Thompson
> Technology Coordinator
> Winooski School District
> Winooski, VT 05404
> 802-655-2555
>
>
>  On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 6:05 PM, Stephen Barner <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>
>>  The second zero would be part of that annoying 10%.
>>
>> Steve Barner
>> South Burlington High School
>>
>>  ------------------------------
>> *From:* School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:
>> [log in to unmask]] *On Behalf Of *Bryan Thompson
>> *Sent:* Friday, November 20, 2009 1:56 PM
>>
>> *To:* [log in to unmask]
>> *Subject:* Re: how fast should highschoolers type
>>
>>   I don't know about the rest of you, but in 7th grade, I was typing at
>> almost 300 wpm with 90% accuracy.
>>
>> Bryan
>>
>> Bryan Thompson
>> Technology Coordinator
>> Winooski School District
>> Winooski, VT 05404
>> 802-655-2555
>>
>>
>> On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 1:18 PM, Richard Ricciardi <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>
>>> We're a K-8 school. Our third graders are required to type 5 wpm with 95%
>>> accuracy by the end of the school year. We add 5 wpm every grade after
>>> that. Most of our 8th grade students type 50 - 60 wpm when they leave us.
>>> If
>>> you start them early...
>>>
>>
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