Free Lance-Star reporter Amy Umble covers Stafford County schools and other education issues

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Does homework boost grades?

In the Umble house, we have a pretty regular conversation on the merits of homework. My 14-year-old son isn’t a fan. And usually, the conversation ends with me saying, “Just do it.”

A recent report could add fuel to his fire. You know, the fire he wants to start with his assignments.

A group of education professors recently published “When Is Homework Worth the Time?”

Those professors examined survey and transcript data of more than 18,000 10th-grade students, finding no substantive difference in grades between students who complete homework and those who do not. They did, however, find that students who spent more time on homework performed better on standardized tests.

The study’s authors said the results show that when it comes to homework, quality matters more than quantity.

Now, if someone could just publish a report saying that doing homework makes you better at Madden NFL, I might have an easier time convincing my son to complete his assignments more cheerfully…