Rethinking Homework


Strategy: In-Class Quizzes

Ex. Math – might assign students a series of problems to do for practice – these would not be collected or graded, instead, students would complete an in-class quiz – the results of the quiz become formative – if the quiz was to be used as a summative assessment of student’s skills, add a make-up quiz for any students who want to show improved understanding.


  • much more accurate demonstration of student’s abilities and understanding
  • completed in controlled environment – more equitable than conventional homework
  • students receive feedback faster (less to grade)
  • frequent quizzes lead to increased learning
  • homework can be used as a formative assessment tool

Teacher perspective: “I no longer assign, collect, mark, re-mark, or record worksheets as homework. Consequently, homework is all practice and no longer forms any part of students’ summative grades. Compact quizzes designed around specific learning outcomes are administered during my class and can quickly indicate each student’s level of understanding in a much more efficient and effective way. The results are immediate and I can direct help to those who need it most” (Dueck, p.56).

  • Students can use a spreadsheet as a homework planning form – students customize homework tasks to reflect what they most need to study 
Learning Target Topic Homework Support Check off if complete
  Dynamic Equilibrium Worksheet 2-1  
  • Likewise, an assessment tracking tool can be used
Quiz/Test Score Concepts to Review


Dueck, Myron. Grading Smarter Not Harder. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2014. Print