6:290 - Homework

Policy 6:290



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 in District 39.


Homework is defined as any academic work assignments given to students by classroom teachers that requires time outside of the regular classroom to complete.


Homework is an integral part of the instructional program, as it establishes a pattern of consistency, organization, practice, and reinforcement of learning. Homework enhances communication between home and school.

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.”

Homework 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 homework can develop broader knowledge, good work habits, and a sense of responsibility, which will benefit students throughout their entire lives.

Adopted: November 10, 1997
Revised: June 18, 2018

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