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Grade or no grade, teachers see homework as valuable tool

Rebeca Hefferan | Staff Writer
Claire Patton | Staff Writer

Ungraded homework: To do or not to do?

Some students often skip ungraded homework although other students and teachers find it necessary. Seventh grade math teacher Andrea Coppock said she assigns math skills sheets to help with previously learned material.

“The common core sheets show proficiency (70%) of each standard for each student, so in that regard, they are beneficial,” Coppock said. (But that depends) upon how much effort the student puts into it. If the student asks questions on the ones that they don’t understand, versus if they just do it quickly, they will be rewarding.”

Klasmeier said that whether homework should count as a grade in the gradebook depends on the content of the work.

“I think that it depends on who the teacher is and what they are teaching,” Klasmeier said. “It should be graded if you have already learned it, but it should not be graded if you are trying to learn something that you do not already know.”

Eighth grade language arts teacher Katie Lin said that homework usually should not be graded for accuracy.

“Typically (homework) shouldn’t be graded, but sometimes there is homework that is tied to an assignment, like a rough draft that goes into a final draft.” Lin said. “Maybe some sort of completion points, or feedback along the way, but for most practice homework, it shouldn’t be for a grade.”

The purpose of homework should be to help students master skills, Lin said.

“I would say that homework has definitely changed from the earlier part of my career,” Lin said. “ I think that if we really focus on what the philosophy of homework is, to practice, front-load information, or to preview a new skill, I think that sometimes less is more, as long as it is good homework.”



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