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At CCS keyboarding is taught to all students in grades 1 through 5 and also to Middle School students who take the Computers-1 elective course.  UIS KeyTest software is used to teach the keyboarding courses; it provides a practice page, a test page where students can choose their test document and a progress page where the student can find what keys to practice next.

The keyboarding goal for students increases every year up to mastery of 73 keys and a speed of 30 words per minute (WPM) in grades 6,  7and 8; the yearly goals are shown in the table below.

Grade

Keys

WPM

1

12

-

2

24

-

3

36

5

4

48

10

5

60

20

6

73

30

7

8

73

73

30

30

The keyboarding score is a component of the student's first and second semester grades. A student should be at least half-way to completing the yearly goal by the end of the first semester. Practice outside of class is recommended for students who are not able to meet the semester goals using the class time allowed for keyboarding. The computer lab is available for student use after school until 4 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Although KeyTest is not available for home use, websites such as http://www.nimblefingers.com teach key locations and http://keybr.com provides interesting tests that assist in increasing speed.