Policy – x
Adopted – 3/5/1998
The Pacific Grove Unified School District recognizes that regularly assigned homework is an integral part of the instructional process for all students particularly when such work is directed to develop the student’s ability to work independently, to improve and reinforce skills taught in the classroom, and to establish and promote integration of learned material and content with independent and conceptual thinking and decision-making skills.
Homework allows a student to apply skills and concepts learned in the classroom. Homework assignments can include, but are not limited to, completion of work begun in the classroom, use of supplementary materials, creation of various projects, exploration of subjects and materials, and various mechanisms which reinforce skills taught in the basic curriculum.
Homework involves the cooperative efforts of the District, teacher, student and parents. The District is expected to establish and maintain an academic curri-culum (courses that require written work) which will benefit from the application of regular homework assignments for all students and to encourage the application of regular assignment of homework by instructors at all grade levels.
The teacher is expected to develop and implement a regular homework assignment program with written objectives which are given to both students and parents, which enhance independent study skills, and which will assist the student in meeting the objectives of the District’s instructional standards of expected pupil achievement. Teachers are also expected to evaluate homework assignments and return it to students in a timely manner.
The student is expected to accept responsibility for his/her completion of assignments in a timely manner to the best of his/her ability.
Parents are expected to assist the teacher and student by incorporating homework time into the family routine, providing a quiet study area for the student in the home, by expecting the student to fulfill the assignment responsibilities, and by contacting the school when questions regarding homework and student performance arise.
In general, homework assigned at the elementary grade levels is expected to take approximately one hour of the student’s time outside of the classoom daily. For example, assignments may include such things as reading, writing, math, and special projects which both reinforce basic skills learning and enhance the student’s ability to work on an independent basis.
In general, homework assigned at the middle school level is expected to require approximately twenty minutes per academic class, or approximately two hours of the student’s time outside of the school day on a regular basis. Homework may be specific to the content of a subject and is expected to incorporate reading, writing, and critical thinking skills application.
In general, homework assigned at the high school level is expected to require approximately thirty minutes per academic class or approximately two to three hours of the student’s time outside of the school day on a regular basis. Homework may be specific to the content of a subject and is expected to incorporate reading, writing, and critical thinking and independent study skills development and application.
Because individual student abilities differ and because students vary in abilities to use class time productively, variances in times spent by individual students in assignments outside of the school day may occur.
It is the policy of the Pacific Grove Unified School District that homework shall be assigned to all students at all grade levels on a regular basis for all academic subjects.
Homework shall be assigned to a student suspended from school so that he/she may keep up with the progress of his/her classes. The homework assigned during suspension will be graded and the student will receive credit for that work.
The Superintendent shall be responsible for the development of procedures to ensure that this policy is implemented at all school sites.
Students shall be given the opportunity to make up school work missed because of an excused absence and shall receive full credit for work that is turned in according to a reasonable make-up schedule. (EC 48205)
EC 48205, 48913
CSBA Date – 2/97