CMEC: Homework – how much is enough?

October 20, 2014 at 6:42 pm Leave a comment

CMEC had issued #7 in its Assessment Matters series, titled Homework Alert: How Much is Enough?

From page one, the document describes how the authors obtained their data. “Data were collected at three different grade levels: early, middle, and high school. First, Canadian data from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) are used to see how homework is linked to reading achievement in Grade 4 (early-grade level). Then, results from the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) help us consider the impact of homework on mathematics achievement in Grade 8/Secondary II (middle-grade level). Finally, data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) are analyzed to determine the link between homework and performance in mathematical literacy at age 15 (high-school level).”   (page 1)

Page 5, summarizes their conclusions:

“In the early grades, more time spent on homework does not mean higher reading performance. Most Grade 4 teachers across Canada assign short but regular homework.

At the middle-grade level, there seem to be some differences between the amount of homework expected by teachers and the amount of homework that students actually do. At that grade level, it is also quite clear that the performance in mathematics of students who don’t do homework at all is significantly lower than the performance of those who do.

Finally, most high-school students seem to devote a limited amount of time to homework (less than one hour per day). As was the case at the middle-grade level, our results suggest that the return on investment is optimal for those students who spend some time every day on their subject-specific homework by balancing the multiple demands of each subject area.” (page 5)

Boy, things sure have change since when I was in high school.

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