RSAC set new homework standards for Kindergarten through 5th gra - KOTA Territory News

RSAC set new homework standards for Kindergarten through 5th grades


No kid likes doing homework. But with a move to all–day kindergarten and the implementation of the common core state standards, some Rapid City public school students will start seeing more of it.

The new guidelines say kindergarten through 2nd grade students should have homework for a maximum of 3 hours a week. That's up from 30 minutes once or twice a week.

3rd through 5th graders will also see increase from one and a half hours, to five hours maximum each week.

Assistant superintendent Katie Bray said the changes are necessary.

"We have much higher standards to much our student to learn, to which our teachers have to teach. And so we wants to make sure expectations for the time spend on homework were appropriate to the new standards," Bray said.

One couple have very different opinions on the amount of homework their child should receive and if the homework is really useful.

"There's a little busy work and it's not homework. I'd like to see more schoolwork being done at home, not games or trying to have fun," said Zach Shull, whose daughter is in the 2nd grade.

His wife Lane thinks differently. "A little bit of homework is healthy because, again the parents involvement, but 3 hours? We've got piano lessons and we've got sports practice. That all adds to the person that she is and will grow to be. So that's a lot of homework for this age," Lane Shull said.

Bray says she wants to assure parents that homework should support the new standards that they're teaching.

"When you talk about meaningful homework, that's exactly what this is all about. It should be homework that reinforces the learning that's taking place in school," Bray said.

Bray also says teachers are on board with the changes and the district hasn't received many complaints about homework.

The homework policy for grades 6th – 12th grades remains the same.

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