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March 21, 2014 at 12:49 PM

Your voices: An hour or less of homework? Yeah, right!

Illustration by Boo Davis / The Seattle Times

Illustration by Boo Davis / The Seattle Times


An hour or less. A new report from the Brown Center on Education Policy has concluded that’s the amount of time the typical student spends on homework each night.

Many local parents would beg to differ. When we asked them how much homework typically goes on in their household each night, most said the amount was far greater. Here are some excerpts:

My daughter is a junior in the IB program at Inglemoor High School. She has four hours each night of homework and typically spends at least 12 hours over a weekend on school.

My son is a seventh grader and has about one hour each night of math, plus about 30 minutes in his other classes.

—Kelly Richards, Bothell


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March 19, 2014 at 5:00 AM

Report: Typical student spends hour or less on homework

Donna Grethen / Op Art

Donna Grethen / Op Art

Many think students these days suffer under a heavy — and growing — load of homework.

But a new report by the Brown Center on Education Policy concludes that’s just not true.

While some face hours of homework each night, as reported in stories like this one in The Atlantic late last year, the Brown researchers say the average homework load hasn’t changed much for the past 30 years.

And the percent of students who report no homework, they say, still is much greater than those who say they do two or more hours a night.

The Center focused on a questionnaire that students fill out when they take a national test called the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

A sample of students from across the country take NAEP tests every few years.


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