The Homework Policy At Central High School

The School Board believes that homework is an integral part of the learning process for all students.

Consequently, the Board expects teachers to judiciously utilize homework in the teaching/learning process for mastery of instructional objectives and concepts.

The Board firmly believes that the quality of homework is directly related to the success or failure that students experience in school. Further, the Board wishes to state unequivocally that the use of homework as a disciplinary strategy for classroom management is not a sound educational practice.

Pursuant to the above commitment, the subsequent guidelines have been developed for the Wise County Schools:

Homework should be directly related to the instructional objectives of the class.

The amount of homework should vary with the difficulty of the instructional objectives.

Homework should be utilized to reinforce, clarify, and achieve the instructional objectives.

Homework should be utilized as a means to assist in the development of analytic, application, and synthesis skills necessary to master given concepts in subject areas.

Quantity of homework is not to be used as a measure of quality. Generally, the amount of homework should be that required for an average student to grasp the objectives. Additional homework should be utilized as a means to help students having difficulty with the instructional objectives.

Homework should be used to stimulate voluntary effort, initiative, independence, responsibility, and self-direction on the part of the student.

Homework should be used to acquaint parents with what the child is learning in school and to invite their help.

Timing of homework will be determined by each teacher as research and practice assignments contribute to learning and teaching effectiveness. In many cases, work to be completed out of class will begin in class. Each student will proceed at a pace which varies from every other student.

Not all subjects require homework, and others do not require daily homework. The specific timing of homework is best left to each teacher.

Indicated below are flexible total weekly timing guidelines:

               Grades  K - 3       0 - 2.5  Hours

               Grades  4 - 6       2 - 5     Hours

               Grades  7 - 9       5 - 10   Hours

               Grades 10 - 12    5 - 10   Hours


Ideally, homework should be assigned on an individual basis. However, since this is not always practical, the teacher should, to as large a degree as possible, provide for the needs of each pupil in making an assignment.

Guidelines Considered Before Giving Homework

Teachers consider the following questions as a guide:

Does the homework serve a valid purpose?

Is it well within the capabilities of the pupils?

Has the class been properly motivated for the work?

Does the assignment form out of school experience?

Is the work related to children's interests? Is the work interesting?

Does the assignment take into account the fact that the pupil is responsible to other teachers for other assignments?

Is the work adapted to individual needs, interest, and capabilities?

Are pupils entirely clear about what they are to do?

Can the pupils do the work without the assistance of parents or others?

Is the assignment a reasonable one in view of the pupil's home conditions?

Does the assignment minimize the temptation merely to copy information?

Can the homework be evaluated fairly and/or be used in the daily program?



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