“It gives them autonomy and engages them in the community and with their families.
They have proven great for small groups and have a unique format that includes Scripture alongside the text.
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.
The analysis of nearly 200 pieces of homework concludes that much of what students are asked to do aligns to the Common Core State Standards—a testament to how pervasive the standards are in the U. education system, even though many states have tweaked, renamed, or replaced them.
However, most of the homework embodied basic, procedural components of the standards, rather than the more difficult skills—such as analyzing or extending their knowledge to new problems. And we were also surprised by the degree that the homework was rote, and how much some of this stuff felt like Sudoku," said Ulrich Boser, a senior fellow at CAP.