During the 2011-2012 academic year, a K-4 committee of teachers, parents, and administrators reviewed research about homework, discussed current homework practices at the K-4, and surveyed families in the township about homework. From this, the committee developed the following recommendations. These recommendations were piloted during the 2012-2013 academic year.
Recommendations of the K-4 Homework Committee 2013-2014
2. Homework is intended to be an independent activity for children, to help build student responsibility in addition to extending classroom learning.
3. Homework should never be punitive in nature.
4. All students should be encouraged to read and write outside of school in their free time. However, since a goal of our workshop model is to create lifelong readers and writers, any reading assigned as homework should apply skills and strategies taught in school.
5. The amount of daily assigned homework should not exceed the grade level times ten minutes, on average. For example, in third grade, it would be 3 x 10 = 30 minutes.
6. Teachers may or may not assign homework on a given night.
7. Weekend and holiday homework assignments should be avoided whenever possible. Homework should not be given on religious or cultural holidays as listed on the Board approved calendar.
8. Parents who want additional homework for their children beyond these guidelines may supplement school assignments on their own. MTSD also provides web based learning tools for students, Compass Learning and Raz-Kids that are available to all students in grades K-4 free-of-charge.
9. These homework guidelines will be communicated to parents at the start of the school year.