This article was co-authored by Alexander Peterman. He received his MA in Education from the University of Florida in 2017.
While students occasionally need to do more than two hours of work a night, this should be the exception rather than the rule.
Research shows that completing more than this amount of homework results in no further gains.
The goal of homework, especially in the high school years, is for students to spend more time studying a subject and engaging in the curriculum — assuming the homework is designed to be meaningful and engaging rather than passive activities that don’t truly engage or promote understanding of new concepts.
Purposeful homework should give students a deeper understanding of content and allow them to practice skills that they can master independently.
While some researchers suggest reducing homework for high school students, most researchers agree that homework at this age level is important because it has been positively linked to academic achievement.
Yet it’s important to remember that the amount and type of homework matters, and teachers should strive to give less homework when possible so long as it promotes academic excellence.
There is, however, a larger spread in the amount of homework students do each night, even among those at the same grade level.
As students get further along in high school, they can select the rigor of their curriculum.