Homework Grades

Written by Diane Sievert
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Homework grades are a highly contested topic among educators, students, and parents. To what extent homework grades should factor into a student's final grade varies quite a bit from teacher to teacher and from class to class especially in a school that grants its teachers the autonomy to make their own decisions. In the end, however, homework grades can be a great way to document particular aspects of a student's performance.

The Pros and Cons of Using Homework Grades

The most obvious pro to using homework grades is that it's a great way to allow those students with test anxiety to show that they do indeed understand the subject matter. It's also a good way to allow those students who only have a slippery grasp on the subject matter to demonstrate perseverance. Someone who may only have a C or D understanding of tenth grade science can at least be proud of the fact that he or she attempted almost every single homework assignment.

There are also quite a few well-known cons to relying on homework grades. First, someone other than the student, like a parent or friend, can easily do said student's homework. In fact, studies today prove that few students consider sharing homework answers to be cheating since they're not in class.

Following this line of logic, there are many educators who feel homework assignments aren't really a very good measure of a student's academic prowess and that tests are by far the best way to determine a student's scholastic progress. In the end, it also depends on what you determine to be homework--if any and every assignment that leaves the classroom in considered homework, trying to employ homework grades as a means of measurement could get messy. As in most cases, moderation is the key--factoring in some homework grades is a good idea, but you don't want the student's entire grade to be determined by homework.

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