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Homework guidelines for students may be put into place

William Ferchland

For students who are unsure of how long they should spend on homework, advice may be on the way.

Guidelines for the minimum time students of all grades should spend on homework will be discussed and possibly approved at the Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education meeting at 6 tonight.

Following an administrative regulation regarding homework and make-up assignments that was approved in May 2003, the guidelines were developed by the district’s leadership team, which is composed of various school and district personnel.



Eighth-graders Kelsey Davinson and Katie Burba said the time to complete homework mostly reaches 90 minutes, the recommended time for the grade level. They also didn’t have a problem with a 30-minute daily recommended dose of reading outside the classroom.

“It depends if I have a big project,” Burba said.



“I don’t think there will be any benefit because they won’t know how much homework you have and whether you’re spending 90 minutes on it,” Davinson said.

In an agenda document submitted by Superintendent Jim Tarwater describing the guidelines, homework overload will be avoided by teachers coordinating special projects. Homework will be assigned mostly Monday through Thursday.

“The essential element in providing effective homework assignments is a strong understanding of the lesson, with practice at home, in order to reinforce the new concept,” the document stated. “In addition, homework provides strong lifelong work ethics that will influence academic performance or job performance.”

Sixth-grader Zachary McClure seemed to understand why completing homework is crucial.

“I do my homework because it’s important to my grade,” he said.

– Contact William Ferchland at wferchland@tahoedailytribune.com.


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