Homework non-completion contributes to a school culture of cheating, avoidance of responsibility, and academic malaise.
ACRMA4’s Principles of Homework
- Homework provides a safe, low-risk opportunity for students to practice and reinforce skills that have already been taught in class, including content/skills taught that day and spiraled content/skills.
- Homework should be differentiated to meet students’ individual needs as much as possible.
- Homework should be as relevant and meaningful as possible.
- Homework builds self-discipline and valuable work habits.
- Students should be assigned about ten minutes per grade per day (e.g., 60 minutes total for 6th grade, 70 minutes total for 7th grade, and 80 minutes total for 8th grade) in addition to the expectation of nightly pleasure reading.
Homework as formative assessments should NOT be included in the final grades of students. However, students can still be required to complete summative assessments at home. For example, a research project for history could require students to complete a poster at home as part of their summative unit assessment.