Sidney Central School District: Parent Homework Survey 2009

Dear Parent/Guardian, Our K-12 Collaborative Team is currently studying the topic of “homework.” The goal of this work is to gather data about our current practices, educate ourselves about the research related to homework, and use these data to better align our homework practices with our district goals. In this spirit, we have created a survey for all parents of students currently enrolled in our district, and parents whose children have graduated from Sidney, to help us learn about your beliefs and experiences related to homework. All information you give us will be anonymous. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We will, in turn, share results of the survey with the Board of Education and our District Shared Decision Making Team. Please indicate the grade level(s) of your child/children (circle all that apply) or indicate that your child has graduated from Sidney by circling “12+”. K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12 12+

Sidney Central School District: Parent Homework Survey 2009
Dear Parent/Guardian, Our K-12 Collaborative Team is currently studying the topic of “homework.” The goal of this work is to gather data about our current practices, educate ourselves about the research related to homework, and use these data to better align our homework practices with our district goals. In this spirit, we have created a survey for all parents of students currently enrolled in our district, and parents whose children have graduated from Sidney, to help us learn about your beliefs and experiences related to homework. All information you give us will be anonymous. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We will, in turn, share results of the survey with the Board of Education and our District Shared Decision Making Team. Please indicate the grade level(s) of your child/children (circle all that apply) or indicate that your child has graduated from Sidney by circling “12+”. K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12 12+

INSTRUCTIONS:
Part I: For each question listed below, please check all that apply. (Note: If your child has already graduated, you may still indicate all that apply to that child’s K-12 experience). 1. On average, how much time does your child spend doing homework each night? Average Time None 15 minutes 30 minutes 1 hour 1.5 hours 2 hours 2+ hours K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

INSTRUCTIONS:
Part I: For each question listed below, please check all that apply. (Note: If your child has already graduated, you may still indicate all that apply to that child’s K-12 experience). 1. On average, how much time does your child spend doing homework each night? Average Time None 15 minutes 30 minutes K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

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1 hour 1.5 hours 2 hours 2+ hours

2. On average, how much time do you think your child should spend doing homework each night? Average Time None 15 minutes 30 minutes 1 hour 1.5 hours 2 hours 2+ hours K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

2. On average, how much time do you think your child should spend doing homework each night? Average Time None 15 minutes K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12

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30 minutes 1 hour 1.5 hours 2 hours 2+ hours

Part II: For each statement in this table, please indicate your level of agreement. Check all boxes that apply. If you are answering for more than one child, please indicate the grade level next to each check you make in response to each question. Strongly Strongly Agree Neutral Disagree Agree Disagree 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Homework is valuable. Quality of homework counts more than quantity. Parents should help students with homework. Parents should check student’s homework. My child is able to complete homework independently. Students should not have homework on weekends or holidays. Homework assignments should be graded.

Part II: For each statement in this table, please indicate your level of agreement. Check all boxes that apply. If you are answering for more than one child, please indicate the grade level next to each check you make in response to each question. Strongly Strongly Agree Neutral Disagree Agree Disagree 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Homework is valuable. Quality of homework counts more than quantity. Parents should help students with homework. Parents should check student’s homework. My child is able to complete homework independently. Students should not have homework on weekends or holidays. Homework assignments should be graded.

Failure to complete homework should have a negative impact on student’s grades. Successful completion of homework should have 11. a positive effect on students’ grades. Detention should be assigned for failure to 12. complete homework. 13. Homework should involve community service. Part III: Please respond to the questions below. What do you feel the purpose of homework should be?

Failure to complete homework should have a negative impact on student’s grades. Successful completion of homework should have 11. a positive effect on students’ grades. Detention should be assigned for failure to 12. complete homework. 13. Homework should involve community service. Part III: Please respond to the questions below. What do you feel the purpose of homework should be?

Please explain other thoughts you have regarding homework and what would make a more successful homework experience for your child.

Please explain other thoughts you have regarding homework and what would make a more successful homework experience for your child.

Please return this survey to any main office in the district by Friday, March 20th. You may also have your child bring this to any main office. Thank you for participating!

Please return this survey to any main office in the district by Friday, March 20th. You may also have your child bring this to any main office. Thank you for participating!

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