Homework 6-54

School Board of the City of Virginia Beach
Policy 6-54



A major goal of the instructional program is to assist students in becoming committed to the process of learning. Learning is not restricted to the classroom, but is a continuous process. The individual school can only teach a small portion of that which is valuable and available to be learned. More importantly, the school can help stimulate within the student the thirst for knowledge and the desire to pursue solutions to problems. The partnership between schools and families is vital to student learning and success in schools. A systematic approach to homework by families can assist the teacher, parent and students in achieving common learning goals.

The basic objectives of homework are to reinforce the application of previously taught concepts, principles, and skills, extend student learning, and promote creative thinking and independent research. Homework is defined as tasks assigned to students by teachers that are intended to be completed outside the regular classroom instruction. It is a tool to provide teachers with critical feedback on how well students understand the concepts, skills, and information presented in class. Homework assignments may also prepare students for the introduction of new information and may include reading assignments, projects, and book reports.

Homework shall be assigned by teachers and shall be in accordance with the needs of the class and/or students. Homework should be an extension and enrichment of the material taught in the classroom. The quality and purpose of homework assignments should be factors in planning all homework assignments. Homework shall not be assigned as punishment for a disciplinary infraction.

Adopted by School Board: December 16, 1986
Amended by School Board: August 21, 1990
Amended by School Board: July 16, 1991
Amended by School Board: July 13, 1993 (Effective August 14, 1993)
Amended by School Board: December 4, 2001
Amended by School Board: June 6, 2006