District Homework Policy

The district homework policy approved by the Board of Education emphasizes that homework is an important part of the education program and must be assigned to all students on a regular basis. Homework should help students become self-directed, independent learners and improve their academic achievement.

Homework assignments appropriate to a student's developmental level will be used for enrichment, reinforcement, and extension of school experiences. These assignments will take many different forms, such as continuation of assignments begun in class, reading of textbooks, library books, and reference works; writing activities; further work on experiments begun in class; long-term research projects; memorization; drill work; observation activities; interviews; preparation of exhibits; and completion of work missed due to absence.

All students are to be assigned homework. The amount is to be increased gradually from a few minutes per day in the early grades to two or more hours in high school. So far as possible, homework is to be adjusted to the goals, abilities, and interests of students. Some students may require more time for study than others, and different subjects require different amounts of homework. Therefore, the amount of homework per day may vary, but it is expected that all students will be responsible for completing some homework.

Since cooperation between parents and school is necessary for effective home study, parents are to be encouraged to take an interest in the homework activities of their children and to provide conditions that are conductive to good study habits. Children should have a scheduled time for homework, a quiet place to work, and the supplies they need.

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