The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


Homework is an essential component of the learning process for students with the assignment of meaningful learning activities. While homework should provide opportunities for students to reinforce what is taught in the classroom, the assignments should be based on learning outcomes that build studentsí conceptual understanding, develop thinking skills, and focus on the application of knowledge. Homework assignments should engage students in purposeful, relevant learning that meets their academic needs, with assignments emphasizing quality and depth over length and repetition. Homework is not to be assigned as punishment.

As students mature and progress through school, homework should reflect grade, age, and learner-appropriate levels with assignments that are aligned to the standards for learning in the particular subject area or course. Homework assignments for exceptional students should accommodate the special needs of such students.

In general, homework assignments should be completed for the following day but teachers may opt to set due dates over more days. Long-range assignments and/or project-based learning assignments should provide students with an opportunity to develop and refine research and independent study skills, embedding the use of technology, as applicable. Teachers should review evidence of progress periodically before the student submits a long-range assignment.

When assigning homework, teachers should consider the following:

 A.Is the assignment appropriate for the grade level, maturity level and instructional needs of the students?

 B.Is the assignment aligned to grade level standards and/or content covered in class? Does it support the learning needs of the students?

 C.Is the time required to complete the assignment reasonable keeping in mind the homework assigned in other subject areas?

 D.Are the materials/resources needed to complete the work readily available to students and/or do they create a financial burden?

 E.If assignments require use of the internet and a computer, are these accessible to students? How may I modify an assignment to accommodate students who do not have internet/computer access?

 F.Are there constraints of time or conflicts with holidays (religious/non-religious), spring and winter recess?

 G.If assigning group projects, will it be feasible for students to meet at times beyond the school day? How will individual students be graded? Will it be necessary to allow time in class for the completion of group projects?

The District shall:

 A.establish a homework policy that provides general guidelines to support learning through homework activities;

 B.revise the policy, as needed, informed by research;

 C.include the policy in the Opening of Schools Procedures Guide;

 D.communicate the availability and contents of the policy with stakeholders.

Principals shall:

 A.communicate the homework policy to staff members, students, and parents/guardians each school year; the homework policy with the entire school staff emphasizing the importance of the quality, appropriateness and purpose of homework assignments;

 C.encourage parents/guardians to communicate with the school if, in their opinion, a student's homework assignments are excessive or not sufficiently challenging to the student;

 D.monitor the implementation of the homework policy; and

 E.emphasize reading as an integral part of the school's homework policy by assuring that students read a minimum of thirty (30) minutes each day in addition to any other assigned homework.

Teachers shall:

 A.teach independent study skills that are appropriate to the studentsí age, ability and grade level;

 B.make specific assignments that are aligned to the standards and expectations for the grade/course and the academic needs of students;

 C.check, review, evaluate, and/or grade student homework, according to the teacher's individual methods, and in keeping with a system that is clearly explained to the students and parents;

 D.give feedback on homework assignments in a timely manner;

 E.make instructions related to homework clear and provide, when necessary, a short period of supervised study or a period of questioning to ensure that the students understand the assignment.

Students shall:

 A.complete assigned homework as directed;

 B.return homework to the teacher by the designated time;

 C.submit homework assignments which reflect careful attention to detail and quality of work; and

 D.devote thirty (30) minutes or more to reading each day in addition to any other assigned homework.

Parents shall:

 A.encourage and support the child in the performance of homework assigned, ensuring that the child has an adequate environment that is conducive to studying and completing homework;

 B.indicate an interest about assignments and assist if possible when requested by the child, but not to include performing the work for the child; the school in the students' assigned homework and communicate with the school if a student's homework assignments appear excessive, too difficult, or not sufficiently challenging;

 D.request assignments for students when short term absences are involved;

 E.assist the school in stressing the importance of reading and its benefits; and

 F.assure that students read for a period of thirty (30) minutes or more each day in addition to any other assigned homework.

It is not the parent's responsibility to give significant assistance to the student in completing homework. Parents or other family members should, however, make every effort to read to students who cannot read on their own during the assigned homework period.

Schools, when implementing this homework policy, should consider these guidelines as daily averages. The recommended minutes include assignments for all subject areas and teachers collectively per school day:

 A.K-1: thirty (30) minutes;

 B.2-3: forty-five (45) minutes;

 C.4-5: sixty (60) minutes;

 D.6-7-8: seventy-five (75) minutes;

 E.9-12: 120 minutes.

These times do not reflect the additional thirty (30) minutes required for reading. Reading is a universal skill that relates to all subjects. When specific homework assignments are not given, or when the homework assignment is completed in an expeditious manner, every student will read, minimally, for the amount of time specified in this policy. Kindergarten teachers shall exercise judgment in making homework assignments, considering the child's readiness level and the type of work to be accomplished. It is recommended that parents read aloud to their children.

F.S. 1001.41(3), 1001.42(9)(17), 1001.49, 1001.51(6), 1003.42

Revised 6/17/15

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