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.)