A Project for Better Journalism chapter

Homework grading improves students learning

With over 200 teachers in Parkdale, many have different strategies on grading. Because it is written in PGCPS policy, most Parkdale teachers’ grade their students’ homework on completion rather than grading on accuracy.  Others don’t grade homework at all. 

According to ProCon.org, students typically retain only 50 percent of the information teachers provide in class, meaning for a student to truly learn what the material, they must review that information outside of the classroom. This means that doing homework helps students master their studies and remember what they learned in class. 

“Just having it in mind when I’m outside of the class personally helps me to think back on the lesson,” said Senior Patricia Magrum. “If I don’t have to think about the material outside of the class then I won’t bother to remember.” 

Personally, when I am aware homework is being graded on accuracy, I do everything I can in order to get the right answers. When students, including myself, know that the homework is being graded on completion, they’ll just put anything down for the sake of getting the grade.  When homework is being graded on accuracy, most will actually try their best or ask others for help.

Having homework helps students retain the information they learned in class even if they don’t enjoy having to do work at home. 

I would rather have homework to be able to practice what we learned in class. It’ll help teachers realize what part of the homework students did not understand so that teachers can plan their next lesson plan to make a better understanding and how to choose questions for tests. Students can fully understand what they are getting taught and earn a good grade.

Homework has many benefits to students (even if they don’t see it yet) and teachers. By having homework, it’ll help you and the teacher to see where you are and how to improve. So, if you want an easy A, pay attention and do your homework.