Issaquah district’s homework study near completion
June 12, 2013
By Neil Pierson
There’s no consensus about whether homework policies at individual schools in the Issaquah School Districtare too strict or too lenient, said Sara Niegowski, executive director of communications for the district.
Niegowski, along with Associate Superintendent Ron Thiele, updated the board on 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 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 set to release the homework study results June 26.