GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Kids are already bringing back homework on the second day of school, so WNCT is taking a look at homework policies for elementary schoolers in the East so parents know what to expect.
There’s been a lot of research about how much time should be spent on homework for different age groups. That’s how the National Parent Teacher Association came up with its recommendations for 10 to 20 minutes per night in first grade and 10 additional minutes for every grade thereafter.
Some local districts are vague. Lenoir County lists approximately 30 minutes as a mandatory requirement. Craven County suggests a little more: 10 to 30 minutes daily for kindergarten and first grade, 30 to 40 minutes for second and third, and 45 to 60 minutes for fourth and fifth. Pitt County Schools follows slightly different guidelines, recommending 0 to 30 minutes 3 to 4 days a week for kindergarten through third grade and 40 to 80 minutes every night for fourth through eighth grade.
“Even though these are general guidelines, it’s up to the individual teacher as to what they’re going to abide by. So since those are guidelines, that’s something that our teachers feel supported on and parents, for the most part, feel like they’re at least going into the school year knowing what to expect,” said Pitt County Schools Student Services Director Dr. Travis Lewis.
Dr. Lewis says parent involvement is crucial, especially for elementary schoolers.
“There will be some instructions from the teachers that are provided to the students as to what they need to be doing. For our younger kids, those will be a little more detailed,” Dr. Lewis said.
Many local districts don’t break the numbers down by grade level, but say homework is essential to learning.