"Homework assignments," the study says, "should be thought-provoking." The study does come with some significant limitations, so you must use caution in discussing its results.
The researchers used MTurk, a crowdsourcing service offered by to recruit parents.
Of the 372 parents who responded, the researchers got a pile of 187 useable assignments.
Now, a new analysis from the Center for American Progress suggests a more fruitful way of thinking about this problem.
Maybe, it suggests, what we should be doing is looking at what students are routinely being asked to do in take-home assignments, how well that homework supports their learning goals (or doesn't), and make changes from there.
By clicking “I agree” below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms.Attempts to synthesize all this research have led to some hard-to-parse conclusions.One of the most cited studies concludes there's some connection for grades 6-12 between homework and test scores, but less so for elementary students, and less of an impact on actual grades.But the real eye-opening graphic is this one, which shows that by far the assignments were mostly low-level.This makes some logical sense when you think about it.Just as with teaching and testing, it is much easier to write homework assignments prioritizing basic arithmetic drills and fill-in-the-blank vocabulary words than ones that get students to "prove" or "generalize" some tenet.(I suspect prepackaged curricula, too, probably lean more toward rote stuff than cognitively demanding exercises.) Here's another epxlanation: Many teachers believe homework should be for practicing known content, not learning something new.Next, John Smithson, an emeritus researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, had teams grade them on a taxonomy looking at both the content and the "cognitive demand," or difficulty, of the work.The index fell on a 1 to 10 scale, with a score 4 to 6 range considered as "good" alignment. On average, math assignments fell within this range, while the ELA ones were slightly weaker, in the 3 to 5 range. " Homework is one those never-ending debates in K-12 circles that re-emerges every few years, bringing with it a new collection of headlines.Usually they bemoan how much homework students have, or highlight districts and even states that have sought to cap or eliminate homework.