Homework Research and Policy Development

Research to Inform Policy Discussions:
NEA - National Eduation Association:
  1. Good Homework Policy by: Nancy Protheroe  - Click Here
  2. For homework to be effective, it should support educational goals, take into account students’ abilities and needs,
  3. and strengthen the school-home link.
  4. sample policy / guideline from District 101:
  6. Homework Research Gives Insight to Improving Teaching Practice
  7. Richard W. Herrig - Click Here
  8. AFT- Assigning Effective Homework - Click Here
  9. An ACSA Policy Position Paper on Homework - Click Here
  10. Center for Public Education: What research says about the value of homework: Research review -Click Here
  11. Homework: Aligning Research with Practice - Click Here
Bylaws & Policies


The Board recognizes the value of homework for students.

Homework is an important extension of the classroom and is a valuable instructional tool because it can:

 A.reinforce previously taught skills;
 B.develop self-discipline and work habits;
 C.provide practice for newly learned skills;
 D.provide opportunities for parents and children to discuss what is being taught at school;
 E.improve study skills and independent learning;
 F.improve grades and achievement scores;
 G.prepare student for the following day's instruction;
 H.offer students a chance to extend and enrich their learning.

Administrative Guidelines


The following guidelines have been developed to assist principals in working with staff to establish appropriate homework assignments:

 A.All homework assignments should have a specific purpose related to the learning objectives of a program or course.
 B.Homework assignments should be appropriate to the grade level and the abilities of the students involved.
 C.Assignments should involve application of knowledge, reinforcement of communication, research and other skills, and should provide experiences which strengthen attitudes and allow for creativity.
 D.Punishment assignments should never be given.
 E.The purpose of homework, in terms of the goals of a program, should be clear to the student when assigned, the work corrected when returned, and both the strengths and weaknesses of his/her work communicated in ways which provide for improved performance.
 F.As part of the process of using homework as a learning tool, students should be involved in learning how to critique their own and each others' work based on clearly-defined criteria related to the particular program or course of study.
 G.The time limits for the completion of homework should:
  1.be reasonable and consistent with the nature of the assignments given;
  2.provide for interim appraisal of progress where assignments involve blocks of time;
  3.include a reasonable time for make-up of missed homework assignments and/or improvements based on teacher comments.
 H.Parents should be made aware of the District's homework guidelines as well as the way each of their child's teachers will be using homework as a learning activity.

William Mullane,
Oct 29, 2014, 9:21 AM