The researchers cite several general conclusions based on their findings, including the importance, and apparent lack, of homework policies in existence.
Despite the pervasive nature of homework in every participating school, only 50% of the schools indicated the existence of a written homework policy. 68) Homework is seen as a valuable resource for teaching, allowing students to practice, and in doing so, learn the unit material.
Amongst the policies reported by the other half of the participating schools, most of the policies specified the type or quality of homework to be assigned, and allowed some flexibility in the assignment and evaluation of homework. This study documented the importance of flexibility in the assignment and evaluation of quality homework assignments, but also the alarming lack of a written homework policy in 50% of the participating schools.
The authors indicated: Particularly encouraging signs were that a variety of types of homework were suggested, and the focus of homework assignment was toward meaningful, creative, and high-level thinking endeavors... It can be drawn from this study that some type of homework policy is necessary, as is the assignment of higher cognitive types of homework and the flexible assessment and grading of that work in order to foster and track student learning.
They take into consideration, the varying learning curves of different students, and their progress toward goals set at the beginning of the unit.
A student will likely have a greater mastery over the unit material at the end of instruction, than at the outset of instruction.
Good and Brophy (2003) indicate that many view homework as, “An important extension of in-school opportunities to learn” (p. While some proponents of homework believe in its purpose, a question still persists about the role of homework in determining the student’s grade.
Should homework be assigned and graded on a regular basis, or should it be viewed as an educational means to an end?
First, the summative assessments clarify the targeted standards and benchmarks for teachers and learners...
Second, the performance assessment tasks yield evidence that reveals understanding...