Homework study nears completion
June 11, 2013
By Neil Pierson
There’s no consensus about whether homework policies at individual schools in the Issaquah School District are too strict or too lenient, said Sara Niegowski, executive director of communications for the district.
Niegowski, along with Associate Superintendent Ron Thiele, updated the school board June 5 about a homework study the district has worked on for the past year with various parent-teacher-student groups.
The issue came about after some parents complained to the district that their children had too much homework, and it was causing them too much stress for limited benefit.
However, the study found that not everyone shares that view. Some people say their children have too much homework, while others say there’s too little.
Niegowski said the study is designed to delve deeply into students’ workloads.
“We want to be broad, but we also need some context, because it doesn’t really help us for someone to just say, ‘My kid has too much homework,’” she said.
Thiele, who will take over as superintendent at the end of June, said he met recently with a group of parents from Skyline High School.
The parents had differing viewpoints on homework issues, and Thiele said he felt solutions extended far beyond policy into individual classroom practices. Issaquah is becoming a more diverse school district, he said, which should drive the need for more feedback.
“I believe there are segments of our community that we’re not hearing enough from yet,” Thiele said.
Administrators are going to present the final results from the homework study at the school board meeting June 26.
Homework survey closes June 14
Community members have until June 14 to share their opinions about homework practices and experiences in the Issaquah School District.
The school district has partnered with the Issaquah PTSA Council on the eight-question survey, which is available online at www.issaquah.wednet.edu. The survey can be found near the top of the page by clicking on the link, “Homework Discussion.”
Survey results will be given to the district superintendent.