Policy IKD: Instructional Assignments - Elementary and Policy IKB: Course Assignments - Secondary will give you important insights about the purpose of students’ instructional assignments, including both in-class and out-of-class assignments. Find these policies and related Regulations IKD-R and IKB-R at www.acps.k12.va.us/policies-i.
According to these policies, you should see evidence in your children’s assignments that they reinforce students’ mastery of curriculum standards, address the developmental needs of every student, are relevant to learners’ instructional program, and demonstrate sensitivity to the background experiences of students. Both the elementary and secondary policies also emphasize that students’ classwork should be clear in its purpose and the format in which learners will express their knowledge, skills and understandings. Students should know what they are expected to do, why they are expected to do it, and how they will be evaluated on their work products and performances.
Assignments should not be made for disciplinary purposes.
Assignments should require a reasonable amount of time. For example, the elementary regulations provide suggestions for grade level homework and reading time allocations.
Course assignments should not be given over long vacation breaks, including the two-block days preceding a vacation break at the high school level.
Significant long-term assignments should be due not earlier than five days or later when students return from long vacation breaks.
Teachers should avoid “traffic-jam periods” when a significant number of long-term assignments are due at the same time.
These policies and regulations reinforce the need for educators to keep open lines of communication with parents/guardians, ensuring that every assignment’s purpose, directions and grading criteria are evident to both learners and their families.