Brownstown Central Middle School holds the following beliefs:
1) Everyone has the capacity to learn.
2) Everyone has the personal responsibility to learn.
3) Education is earned, not given.
4) High expectations for all students lead to greater individual growth at all academic levels.
5) Providing timely and relevant interventions insures student progress.
From these organizational core beliefs, the following statements establish our school's position regarding homework:
Homework is an important part of learning.
Homework is directly connected to, and reinforces, classroom instruction.
Homework is engaging and helps motivate students to learn.
Homework builds academic confidence and never “hurts” a student’s learning.
Homework is assigned when teachers are confident that all students have enough knowledge to work on their own with limited to no support from their teacher(s).
One function of homework is to create prior knowledge. This type of homework will either not be graded or only given a completion grade.
Student success on homework has a strong correlation to student success on tests and quizzes.
Grades reflect a student’s learning. It is reasonable to expect that students with differing abilities will need to put in different amounts of effort to achieve mastery of the standards being taught.
Homework never causes a grade to reflect something other than a student’s learning. (Grades reflect effort when the work that students do is worthy of their time.)
Research on Homework