Department of Defense Education Activity

Homework Policy

It is DoDEA’s policy to assign homework, as appropriate, to all students capable of completing assignments independently. Homework is used for reinforcement and enrichment activities. Homework that has no specific educational purpose is not assigned. Please help your child complete assignments by providing a scheduled time, quiet study area, plus your cooperation and encouragement.

Each child works at his/her own pace, so the amount of time needed to complete specific assignments may vary. The types of homework may vary to enable the student to have experience/practice in reading, writing, computational skills, and other subject areas during a given week.

Andersen Elementary School teachers assign homework to enhance student learning that is taking place in the classroom.

Teachers follow these general guidelines when assigning homework:

  • 1st grade: 10 – 15 minutes per night
  • 2nd grade: 20 – 30 minutes per night
  • 3rd grade: 30 – 40 minutes per night
  • 4th grade: 40 – 50 minutes per night
  • 5th grade: 50 – 60 minutes per night


Please do not make the issue of homework a battlefield; if your child is working consistently longer than these times, contact the teacher for assistance.