Homework is defined as the time students spend outside the classroom in assigned learning activities. The Board believes the purpose of homework is to practice and to extend knowledge and skill. The Board also believes, as research supports, that student learning is positively affected when homework assignments are purposeful and engaging, and are appropriate in quality and quantity. The Board further believes completing homework is the responsibility of the student. As students mature, they are more able to work independently.
The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that administrators and teachers develop and implement an effective homework plan at each school site.
Students who miss schoolwork because of an excused absence shall be given the opportunity to complete all assignments and tests that can be reasonably provided. As determined by the teacher, the assignments and tests shall be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the assignments and tests missed during the absence. Students shall receive full credit for work satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time.
(cf. 5113 – Absences and Excuses)
Students who miss schoolwork because of unexcused absences may be given the opportunity to make up missed work for full or reduced credit. Teachers shall assign such makeup work as necessary to ensure academic progress, not as a punitive measure. When students miss schoolwork because of suspensions, the Board of Education expects that teachers shall give students the opportunity to make-up missed work. Teachers shall assign such makeup work as necessary to ensure academic progress, not as a punitive measure.
Homework is an integral component of education that deepens student learning and understanding. K-12 students will participate in homework that is meaningful, purposeful, and appropriate.
Homework For All Grades Levels
- The Grade Level Guidelines of this policy are based on the needs of the average student. The amount of homework assigned to students should be different in elementary, middle, and high school. The amount of time a student spends on assigned homework depends on factors such as the student’s needs, learning ability, subject, school schedule, testing schedule and assigned homework due dates. Time spent on homework should be balanced with the importance of personal and family well-being, and the wide array of family obligations experienced in our society today.
- Parents and teachers should make students aware that learning occurs at home, school, and in the world around them.
- Homework should be the result of collaborative efforts, thoughtfully considered, and coordinated to improve student learning.
- Homework should be purposeful and meaningful to students. Legitimate purposes for homework include practicing a skill or process that students can do independently but not fluently, elaborating on information that has been addressed in class to deepen students’ knowledge, and providing opportunities for students to explore topics of their own interest.
- Reading is an integral part of learning and is a consistent part of homework.
- Homework will reflect the accommodations and modifications of curriculum that is stated in a student’s IEP or 504 plan.
- Assigning homework over holidays is highly discouraged.
- Homework is defined as any work assigned to be completed outside of class.
- As a guideline, total homework assignments should have an estimated completion time of 3 hours or less of on task work per night, including reading. Long-term projects should be included in this time frame.
- Some elective classes such as, but not limited to drama, speech and debate, music, and athletics, will require additional time.
- Though communication within a high school setting is challenging due to larger numbers of students, staff, and course offerings, staff should make efforts whenever possible to be aware of homework, projects, and testing schedules across the curriculum.
- Long-term assignments should have clear checkpoints.
- If weekend homework is deemed necessary, the amount should not exceed a regular day’s assignment. Students may choose to use weekends for review, voluntary work, projects, or completion of make up assignments.
- AP, Honors, and Advanced courses are higher level classes and will require more extensive homework