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Does homework really work?

The Case for Homework

❶All three of these experiments found exactly what you would expect: They also looked at how much homework was assigned by the teacher as well as at how much time students spent on their homework.

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Does homework improve student achievement?
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The Case Against Homework

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AVRAM GOLDSTEIN Stanford University Does Homework Help? A Review of Research This examination of the controver- sial subject of homework was stimu-.

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The average high school student doing homework outperformed 69% of the students in a class with no homework. Homework in middle school was half as effective. In elementary school, there is no measurable correlation between homework and achievement. Despite all the research, homework remains something of a mystery.

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Research suggests that, with two exceptions, homework for elementary children is not beneficial and does not boost achievement levels. The first exception is in the case of a student who is struggling to complete classroom tasks. And the news isn’t much better for children in middle school or junior high school. If the raw correlation between achievement (test scores or grades) and time spent on homework in Cooper’s initial research review is “nearly nonexistent” for grades 3 through 5, it remains extremely low for grades 6 through 9.

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The conflicting nature of the research findings noted in this review reflects the continuing debate surrounding the value of homework. Over the past years, the public's support for homework has waxed and waned on a fairly regular cycle. Second graders, for example, should do about 20 minutes of homework each night. High school seniors should complete about two hours of homework each night. The National PTA and the National Education Association both support that guideline.