News & Notes: Princeton Public Schools to start homework-free periods| Oct 8, 2015
Public schools in the Princeton area announced they will be implementing homework-free periods during a school board meeting last week, The Times of Trenton reported.
The decision comes at a time when many other New Jersey schools are re-adjusting their homework requirements for students, through measures like homework-free weekends.
Specifically, the Princeton plan includes a homework-free weekend once a semester, while also preventing teachers from assigning projects or tests right after a break.
Princeton Superintendent Steve Cochrane ’81 explained that the homework-free periods would “provide our students with periods of time throughout the year when they can mentally step away from focusing on homework and projects and studying for tests.”
In West Windsor-Plainsboro, no-homework nights received positive feedback from families and elementary and middle school teachers after the 2014-15 academic year, according to the Times.
Cochrane also noted that the decision would hopefully “facilitate a district-wide discussion” about student homework load.