Request for the establishment of a working group to research a homework policy for P.E.I.’s school system

Resolution Number: 

2019-02
Resolution

WHEREAS there is no homework policy in effect to guide teachers, parents and students in PEI school systems, and

WHEREAS the lack of a homework policy creates confusion amongst students when discrepancies of homework assignments occur from grade to grade or between teachers within the same grade level and school, and

WHEREAS there is strong evidence linking homework to successful student outcomes (Harris Cooper);

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the PEI Home and School Federation requests the Minister of Education, Early Learning and Culture and the Public Schools Branch establish a working group of stakeholders to research and create a framework for a Homework Policy for the PEI School System.

DESTINATION: Department of Education, Early Learning and Culture, Public Schools Branch

References:

  1. Does Homework Improve Academic Achievement? A Synthesis of Research, 1987-2003 Author(s): Harris Cooper, Jorgianne Civey Robinson and Erika A. Patall Source: Review of Educational Research, Vol. 76, No. 1 (Spring, 2006), pp. 1-62 Published by: American Educational Research Association Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3700582 Accessed: 16-05-2018 15:19 UTC The meta-analysis done on homework in this research is considered the most informed body of work on homework. It is the most referenced body of work on homework.
  2. A sample policy based on the review of current policies in use from other Jurisdictions including:
    Ontario:
    Peel District School Board: http://www.peelschools.org/trustees/boardpolicies/Documents/Policy%2070.pdf
    http://schools.peelschools.org/1464/aboutus/schoolhandbook/homeworkpolicy/Pages/default.aspx
    Toronto District School Board: http://ppf.tdsb.on.ca/uploads/files/live/97/199.pdf
    York Region District School Board: www.yrdsb.ca/boarddocs/Documents/PP-homework-320.pdf
    Thames Valley District School Board: https://www.tvdsb.ca/en/our-board/resources/Documents/Seeking-Public-Input/Homework-Guidelines-Independent-Procedure.pdf

    Nova Scotia: https://www.ednet.ns.ca/docs/homeworkpolicy.pdf
    Connecticut: https://www.bridgeportedu.net/domain/883
    Texas: https://www.prosperisd.net/cms/lib5/TX01918217/Centricity/Domain/813/Homework%20Policy%202018.pdf
     

  3. Sample Guidelines for K-6 drawn up from current homework assigned by teachers based on personal experience and what other boards recommend. The guidelines and sample review are meant as a discussion point for what a possible framework could look like not what it should look like
Consideration
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Destination: 

Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
Public Schools Branch