Specific Expectations and Guidelines

Administration will review these guidelines annually with staff at the start of the school year and distribute annually to parents.

The Cape Elizabeth School Board acknowledges the varying application of homework amongst grade levels. Research highlights the striking influence of grade level on the effectiveness of homework: high school students, in a class doing homework, outperform 69% of students in a non-homework class. For middle school students, the average homework effect was half this, or around 35% higher performance rates. In elementary school, homework had no effect on achievement, but had gains in attitude.

Based on these findings and the above overarching philosophy, the following guidelines are suggested:

Grades 1-4: Up to ten (10) minutes for Grade 1 per week day and an additional ten minutes per week day for each successive grade level. Time recommendations are total, not per subject.

• At this level, homework should be a short follow-up to classroom
learning, reinforce study skills that have been taught at school, begin to
introduce the concept of outside classroom learning, and inspire a love for
learning.
• Parents may offer support and encouragement, however parents are not
expected to provide instruction.
• Homework should not be used as a punishment (i.e. loss of recess to
complete homework or extra work given as a negative consequence).
• If students reach the recommended guideline and parents feel it is in
their child's best interest not to spend further time, parents may
postpone completion of the assignment and should communicate with the
teacher(s).

Grades 5-8: Up to fifty (50) minutes per week day for Grade 5 and an additional ten minutes for each successive grade level. Time recommendations are total, not per subject.

• Assignments should reinforce study skills that have been taught at
school, encourage higher level thinking, skill practice, and independent
reading.
• Parents may offer encouragement but little to no assistance so that
students become independent learners. Students are encouraged to meet
with their teachers for clarification and assistance as necessary.
• Homework should not be used as a punishment (i.e. loss of recess to
complete homework or extra work given as a negative consequence).
• If students reach the recommended guideline and parents feel it is in
their child's best interest not to spend further time, parents may
postpone completion of the assignment and should communicate with the
teacher(s).
• Regular assignments will be limited to the week day, with the exception
of long-range projects. Given the obvious and important benefits of
vacation, homework and projects should not be given over vacations, with
the exception of summer reading.

Grades 9-12: Up to 1-3 hours on average per day, depending on course of study and time of the semester. Time recommendations are total, not per subject.

• At this level, students should complete their assignments without any
assistance from parents. Students are encouraged to meet with their
teachers for clarification and assistance as necessary.
• Vacations are intended for rejuvenation, time to connect with friends and
family, and have other experiences. To that end, major projects or
assignments should not be assigned to be performed entirely
during school vacations, nor should they be due directly after a vacation.
This does not apply to summer reading and writing.
• A student or parent, for compelling reasons, may meet or communicate
with a teacher about incomplete assignments.


ADOPTED: December 13, 2005
Replaces original IKB
DELETED: February 11, 2014
ADOPTED: June 4, 2018


Homework Policy IKB

School Board Members 2019

Susana Measelle Hubbs - Chair
Heather Altenburg - Co-Vice Chair
Elizabeth Scifres
Kimberly Carr - Co-Vice Chair
Laura DeNino
M. Nasir Shir
Hope Straw
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