Homework Policy

WD Williams Elementary

Homework Policy


DIRECTION STATEMENT:  WD Williams Elementary School is committed to improving student learning by Being respectful, Engaged, Safe, and Trustworthy.

PURPOSE STATEMENT:  Do your BEST and be your BEST.

Homework serves to reinforce classroom instruction through repetition, discovery, and practice.  Homework assignments should have a purpose and benefit, and should be designed to cultivate learning and development.  Both the National Education Association (NEA) and the National PTA (NPTA) support a standard of “10 minutes of homework per grade level” and setting a general limit on after school studying” (Levy, 2016).  The School Improvement Team has carefully considered the purpose of homework, as well as the appropriate amount of time for each age group.  Therefore, the following policy has been established:


*This time allotment includes reading.

Kindergarten & 1st Grade – 15 minutes

2nd & 3rd Grades – 20 minutes

4th & 5th Grades – 40 minutes

  • Homework content will be determined by teacher/grade level.
  • Homework may only be graded as participatory.
  • Students should not be penalized for homework that is not completed (including participation grade).
  • Students should not be required to complete homework during lunch, recess, parties, or any other extracurricular activities.
  • Homework should only be assigned Mondays through Thursdays.
  • No homework should be assigned on weekends, over holidays, or extended breaks.



Levy, Sandra. (2014, March 11).  Is Too Much Homework Bad for Kids’ Health?  Retrieved from http://www.healthline.com/health-news/children-more-homework-means-more-stress-301114.

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