The board believes that homework is an expectation and an integral part of school and student learning when geared to the needs and abilities of students. Homework develops work habits that are important to being successful in college, career, and citizenship. In addition, homework is an opportunity for parents to be involved in their student’s learning. As an extension of the classroom, homework must be planned and organized; must be viewed as purposeful to the students; and must be evaluated and returned in a timely manner.
Homework may be assigned for one or more of the following purposes:
- Practice: to help students to master specific skills which have been presented in class
- Preparation: to help students gain the maximum benefits from future lessons
- Extension: to provide students with opportunities to transfer specific skills or concepts to new situations; and an opportunity for students to do more, and
- Creativity: to require students to integrate many skills and concepts in order to produce original responses and connect to student interests.
The purposes of homework assignments, the basis for evaluation of the work performed, and the guidelines and/or rules should be made clear to the student during the time of the assignment.
The school principals shall establish guidelines and expectations which clarify the nature and use of homework assignments to improve student achievement.
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: August 1984
Revised by the Board: 03.09