Keyboarding Skills Critical for Common Core and Smarter Balanced

(Last Updated On: April 20, 2017)


I believe that the Common Core Standards have ramped up the necessity and importance of keyboarding instruction in the elementary grades.  As of Grade 3, Writing Standard W.CCR.6 states that with guidance and support from adults, students will use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills)…. It ramps up in 4th grade to add the phrase “demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of one page in a single sitting.  Then, 5th grade, change that to “…a minimum of two pages in a single setting.”  And then, 6th grade, change it to “…a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.”   Yikes!




Now, let me add another dimension to this conversation.  The Smarter Balanced assessment will require students starting in Grade 4 to type Constructed Responses and Performance Tasks.  It is the expectation that the students have a good handle on their technology skills so that doesn’t impeded their work.  Are we ready?

DPI recommends that students type 5 words per minute (wpm) x grade level… so you do the math at your grade level….

So, what does this mean in regards to keyboarding and writing? First of all, we need to understand the importance of strong keyboarding skills at an early grade. If students are to be expected to keyboard responses to test questions in a single sitting, then we need to empower them with that ability. Keyboarding skills just became more critical, but it is even bigger than that. How do we build up their ability to type well and also their stamina at this young age? It is becoming the pressing question….


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 What strategies have you used for Keyboarding that you feel have been successful?  
What ideas do you have or would you like to try?


One thought on “Keyboarding Skills Critical for Common Core and Smarter Balanced

  • October 28, 2013 at 11:50 pm
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    I have created a record sheet for students for Typing Club. Here is the link to the draft: once we have it in final form, I can save it as a template in Google Docs for students to access. The link: Typing Pad Record Form

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