314R - Homework

  1. General Guidelines

    1. Homework should be meaningful to the student, and assignments should relate directly to instructional objectives. Assignments should focus on quality rather than quantity and on the reinforcement and strengthening of skills.

    2. Homework should be assigned after an introduction and thorough explanation of the skills necessary to complete the assignment and in such a manner that it will be clearly understood by students.

    3. Teachers should take the necessary steps to be sure students understand homework assignments and, when feasible, provide time for the students to begin the assignment while under the supervision of the teacher.

    4. Teachers should indicate their expectations for student performance on homework assignments as well as how the assignment will be checked and/or evaluated. All assigned homework should be checked or reviewed, and some type of feedback concerning the assignment should be provided to the student.

    5. Teachers should communicate regularly with parents about assignments, the completion of assignments, and procedures for making up missed assignments.

    6. Homework is not to be assigned as punishment.

    7. Student access to resource materials should be considered in making homework assignments (i.e. availability of computers, encyclopedias, and cost of materials for projects).

    8. Preferably no routine homework should be assigned over extended holiday periods. These periods allow students to work on long-term assignments. This recommendation does not preclude reviewing notes or studying for assigned tests. Additional time to complete assignments due to religious holidays may be requested on an individual basis.

  2. Time Guidelines 

    Average homework timelines are recommendations. They are not meant to be minimum or maximum quotas. Homework assignments should be based on the teacher's assessment of the student's abilities and instructional needs. Some students may need more time and some less time to complete an assignment. Homework assignments should, therefore, account for individual differences among students and for the type of class in which the homework is being assigned.

    1. High School (Grades 9-12)

      1. 30 minutes per subject or a total of 1 1/2 to 2 hours daily; and,

      2. The complexity of the work in advanced placement or honors level classes may require additional homework time.

      3. Homework assignments, to the degree possible, should be coordinated among teachers and departments to avoid excessive time requirements on students.

    2. Middle School (Grades 6-8)

      1. 20 to 30 minutes per subject or a total of 1 to 1 1/2 hours daily; and,

      2. High school courses taken by middle school students may require additional homework time.

      3. Homework assignments, to the degree possible, should be coordinated among teachers and departments to avoid excessive time requirements on students.

    3. Elementary School (Grades K-5)

      1. K-1, 10-20 minutes daily;

      2. 2-3, 20-30 minutes daily;

      3. 4-5, 45-60 minutes daily; and,

      4. In those schools in which children are regrouped and work with more than one teacher, homework assignments, to the degree possible, should be coordinated among teachers to avoid excessive time requirements on students.

Adopted: October 20, 1980 
Amended: February 3, 1981 
Amended: May 19, 1998