LA Schools: Homework Can't Exceed 10% of Grade

New rule aims to help kids facing after-school pressures
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2011 1:37 PM CDT
Los Angeles Unified School District: Homework Can't Exceed 10% of Grade
A student listens to her algebra teacher at the Los Angeles Academy in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(Newser) – The nation's second-biggest school district is entering the debate over homework: A new policy dictates that it can't be worth more than 10% of a student's grade, reports the LA Times. The Los Angeles Unified School District wants to ease the after-school burden on its largely low-income, urban students, many of whom have to work long hours at jobs or come from homes that aren't exactly study-friendly. The new policy doesn't speak to how much homework students get, only that teachers shouldn't emphasize it too much in grading.

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“Varying degrees of access to academic support at home, for whatever reason, should not penalize a student so severely that it prevents the student from passing a class, nor should it inflate the grade,” the new policy says. Other districts around the country have taken steps to limit homework, part of larger how-much-is-too-much debate over its role in education. Click for more on the issue. (Read more Los Angeles stories.)

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