Katy School District Families Cheer For Homework-Free Nights

Complaints of too much homework spur district to block off six evenings for family time, starting in the fall.

By Jill AmentJuly 28, 2017 1:34 pm

A homework-free night is the stuff of dreams for grade school students across Texas. And after a push from students and parents in one Texas school district, teachers will be encouraged to not assign homework on some nights during the upcoming school year.

The new policy adopted by Katy ISD in suburban Houston reserves six “family nights” in the 2017-18 school year, to be used for spending quality time together. Other districts in Texas have implemented similar policies.

Carrie Cutler, professor of elementary education at the University of Houston says she likes the “family-centered notion” of the policy but also says that research on the over-assigning of homework is split. Finding the “sweet spot” of proper homework loads for students is the best solution, Cutler says.


Written by Louise Rodriguez.