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since typing programs vary in their algorithms for what 20WPM or 30WPM or 40WPM means, I have found it to be a "best practice" both at Chapin and now at Children's Storefront to challenge students to type a fixed sentence as part of a "one minute proficiency test"
the sentence we used at Chapin from 2002-2006 was from our AUP
A is for Applications: I understand that no one is to install any applications (computer programs such as AppleWorks, Kazaa, Limewire, StuffIt) onto a Chapin owned computer without permission and supervision from the technology Department. I will follow the rule of A.
Click here for details.
the sentence we now use at The Children's Storefront is
On September 10, 1966, Mr. O'Gorman begins The Children's Storefront School as a small program for neighborhood children on Madison Avenue between 128th and 129th Street.
In each case, it is easy to challenge students in grades 4-5-6-7 to try to type the required passage and to use it as a definitive gauge regardless of what typing program they use. And of course, you can pick the passage to encapsulate some important aspect of your school. In less than a year, this approach has benefits and helps institutionalize typing. And to avoid the pass or fail quality of a one minute test, students can be timed on how long the passage takes, allowing them to improve over months from 3 minutes to 2.5 minutes to 2 minutes etc.
p.s. I would love to know if anyone can type the Storefront sentence on ANY mobile device (e.g. iPhone or blackberry) in under 2 minutes, even ignoring the punctuation. I cannot!