IKB – Homework

The term “homework” refers to an assignment to be completed outside of class. The purposes of homework are to improve the learning processes, to aid in the mastery of skills, and to create and stimulate interest on the part of the student. Homework is a constructive tool in the teaching/learning process when geared to the needs and abilities of students. Purposeful
assignments not only enhance student achievement, but also develop self-discipline and associated good working habits. As an extension of the classroom, homework must be planned and organized, and should be evaluated and returned to students in a timely manner.

Homework is a learning activity which should increase in complexity with the maturity of the student. With increased maturity, learning should become an independent activity. This should be established through consistent assignments which encourage students to investigate for themselves and to work independently, as well as with others.

Teachers should generate meaningful homework assignments. Each assignment’s purpose should always be clearly understood by the students and the parents. If homework is to be used by teachers as part of a student’s grade, the teacher will explain to students and parents how such homework assignments relate to the teacher’s overall grading system.

The information for any homework assignment should be clear and specific so that the student can complete the assignment independently.

Homework should not require the use of reference materials not readily available in most homes or school libraries, and should require the use of those materials only when the student has had instruction in the use of them.

Homework is never to be used as a form of punishment.

Legal References:

NH Code of Administrative Rules, Section Ed 306.14(b), Policy on Homework

Category: P

1st Read: September 7, 2010
2nd Read: January 20, 2011
Adoption: January 20, 2011