The Board of Education directs the Superintendent and his/her
designees to develop guidelines for homework which are consistent with
the approved philosophy and objectives of education of School District
Homework is defined as academically related work assignments given to
students by classroom teachers that will require time outside of the
regular classroom to be completed. Regardless of the form it takes,
homework is an important part of the instructional program which
requires good understanding between home and school.
Homework is an integral part of the learning process in schools of
District 39. It should have relevance to the curriculum and should be a
process which facilitates learning. Homework reinforces classroom
learning and gives teachers another perspective about their students.
Considering this, it seems apparent that student effort outside the
classroom is necessary for satisfactory advancement.
Parent interest in the youngster’s school work also provides
encouragement and positive reinforcement to the child. With high
expectations and appropriate assignments, students can be more
Homework assignments should be appropriate for all students at all
grade levels. The stress should be on quality rather than quantity.
Homework should be given on a regular basis, but never as work for
works’ sake. It should be reasonable in length and intelligently
planned in order to serve a real learning purpose.
Home study should be individualized whenever possible. This allows
for additional practice in skill areas where needed and enables students
to pursue study in areas of personal interest. Assignments should be
given as a continuation and reinforcement of classroom work. The right
combination of class work and home study can develop broader knowledge,
good work habits and a sense of responsibility which will benefit
students throughout their entire lives.
Adopted: November 10, 1997