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Davis Joint USD |  BP  6154  Instruction

Homework/Makeup Work/Responsibilities   

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The Board of Education desires that the district embody academic excellence and believes that significant educational gains can be made by students through well-defined homework experiences directed by teachers and supported by parents/guardians. Homework is defined as school-related and assigned work completed beyond the regular school day. The school setting is the primary and most effective teaching and learning environment. Homework supplements and complements the teacher's instruction.

The following assumptions are foundational to this policy:

1. Homework shall have a positive impact on learning and achievement.

2. Homework shall have a positive impact on student attitude and self-esteem.

3. Homework time shall be measured as focused time on task.

4. This policy applies solely to assigned homework.

5. Additional teacher-guided or self-directed enrichment work is encouraged, provided no grade is assigned.

6. Parents/guardians and teachers shall be mindful of the need for students to live balanced lives so they may achieve optimal health, development and learning.

7. Teachers shall not be required to assign homework.

Philosophy

The purpose of homework shall be to promote high quality student learning and achievement, and to nurture a desire for students to extend their learning. Homework shall be the work of the student.

In advancing academic excellence, the district shall endorse educational strategies that determine the value and rigor of all assignments by the appropriateness to course content and to the student. The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that adequate time and tools are provided for teachers to collaborate and coordinate assignments. One of the goals of collaboration shall be to establish common philosophies and practices across school sites, grade levels and courses.

Ongoing professional development shall focus on the quality of homework.

As an extension of the classroom, homework shall be planned, organized, purposeful, grade-appropriate and achievable for each student. Instruction shall include opportunities for development of organizational and study skills.

Homework shall not place an undue burden on teachers, students, or families. Whenever possible, homework should take into consideration individual student needs and abilities through various forms of differentiation.

Feedback and evaluation shall be timely and clear so the student may meaningfully incorporate that feedback into subsequent related class/course work.

Schools are encouraged to explore opportunities to support students in need of homework assistance.

Homework/Make-Up Work Guidelines

This policy and the administration regulations shall be included in elementary school handbooks and secondary school course catalogues, as well as on district and school websites. Means to access the homework policy and administrative regulations shall be described in student planners.

Teachers shall provide multiple ways for students and parents to access homework assignments. For example, web sites, classroom postings, weekly assignment handouts, and use of planners/calendars can all be effective.

Homework shall be assigned in a manner consistent with the expectations and limits communicated in Administrative Regulations. Daily amounts shall be based upon the teacher's estimation of completion time for an average student. Total daily amounts shall include time for long-term homework assignments. Whenever possible, teachers shall provide assignments in weekly increments to allow flexible time management opportunities to students and their families.

(cf. 6154 - Homework/Make-up Work)

Students who satisfactorily complete the homework assignments that meet these expectations shall be able to earn full credit.

Homework limits shall not apply to students with Individual Education Plans.

Homework time limits shall apply to Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) classes, but not to high school courses designated as Advanced Placement (AP) or Honors, or to any auditioned music courses. Homework expectations for these courses shall be communicated in the school's course catalogue and course syllabi. All other elements of the policy will apply to these classes.

If computer or internet-based research is assigned with homework, then an adequate amount of time in school or access at school or in a library shall be scheduled to accommodate those students who do not have access to computers or the internet at home. A list of publicly available computer/internet resources shall be provided to students in the planner and made available in site offices.

The time limitations in the Administrative Regulations of this policy do not apply to continuation school and independent study programs. However, homework expectations for those programs will be described in the enrollment agreement.

No student shall lose academic credit for any excused absence when missed assignments and tests are satisfactorily completed within a reasonable period of time. A reasonable period of time shall be defined as at least one school day per day of excused absence. Excused absences include field trips, sports and other school-sponsored activities.

Upon timely request, students shall be given the opportunity to complete all assignments and tests for full credit. As determined by the teacher, the assignments and tests can be reasonably equivalent to, but not necessarily identical to, the assignments and tests missed during the absence.

On an annual basis, Superintendent or designee shall initiate evaluation of this policy and its regulations and provide recommendations for revision as needed.

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

48205 Absences for personal reasons

48913 Completion of work missed by suspended student

48980 Parental notifications

58700-58702 Tutoring and homework assistance program; summer school apportionment credit

Management Resources:

SBE POLICIES

Parent Involvement in the Education of Their Children, 1994

Policy Statement on Homework, 1995

Policy DAVIS JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: June 21, 2010 Davis, California

revised: February 21, 2013