Teachers use the Quality Assignment Routine to create assignments that are motivational for students and that students are likely to complete. The three phases of the routine--planning, presenting, and evaluating--give teachers a structured approach to handling assignments and help ensure that students understand what they need to do to complete assignments correctly. The routine incorporates characteristics and factors identified by students and teachers as important to students' successful completion of assignments.
Research on the Quality Assignment Routine showed the following:
- Before the study, teachers included an average of 50.5 percent of the planning behaviors, 32.8 percent of the presentation behaviors, and 8.2 percent of the evaluation procedures.
- After learning to use the routine, participants used an average of 96.1 percent of the planning behaviors, 89.3 percent of the presentation behaviors, and 93.8 percent of the evaluation procedures.
- In contrast, a group of comparison teachers used an average of 45 percent of the planning behaviors, 26 percent of the assignment presentation behaviors, and 10 percent of the evaluation procedures at the end of the study.
- Teachers who received instruction in the use of the routine and their students were significantly more satisfied with assignments.