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.
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".  (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.

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 Thompson
Technology Coordinator
Winooski School District
Winooski, VT 05404

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

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I don't know about the rest of you, but in 7th grade, I was typing at almost 300 wpm with 90% accuracy. 


Bryan Thompson
Technology Coordinator
Winooski School District
Winooski, VT 05404

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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