Every district/school can set a homework policy that is clearly communicated to parents, teachers and students. Some suggestions for what might be included in these policies or in teacher's checklists are provided in the following resources:

Assigning Homework That Gets Done by Susan Vorhees-summarized from The Reading Teacher (A checklist for teachers)

Teachers may give students a choice about what homework is completed for the day or week or month by using a homework calendar.

Marzano's checklist for effective homework assignments & chart for determining how homework can be used effectively

The instructional strategy of practice can be used to re-inforce learning. Research suggests that some students need more reinforcement than others. Carol Dweck's research gives insight into how we can support students who do not have a "growth" mindset. Her question is "How can we help students feel excitement about learning?" is intriguing. Following her summary from Even Geniuses Work Hard, is a summary from Robert Marzano on how to provide appropriate opportunities for students to learn through 'practice.'

Using technology to incorporate homework and practice in a primary classroom-ESD 112

Reading log to track independent student progress

Articles on Best Practice:

Alternatives to Penalizing Students for Not Doing Homework: Mayron Dueck Marshal Memo March 2014

How Effective ScienceTeachers Handle Homework (focus on African-American Students) Xu, Coats, Davidson Marshall Memo July 2012

No Penalties for Practice: Fisher, Frey, & Pumpian, ASCD November 2011

Making Homework Central to Learning: Cathy Vanderott, ASCD November 2011

The Trouble with Homework:Anne Murphy Paul 10 September 2011

Improving Students' Performance in Subtraction: Luann Voza August 2011

Let Me Learn My Own Way (Using Cognitive Styles in Elementary Math Class): Jane Kise June 2011

Rethinking Homework: Cathy Vatterott Summary from Marshall Memo November 2011