Parents of more than three quarters of K12 students think the amount of homework given is appropriate, and many of the adults surveyed also said they help their children with the assignments, says a report on parental involvement from the National Center for Education Statistics.
Some 57 percent of students had parents who said they had received notes or emails from school that were specifically about their children, according to the 2011-2012 school year report, “Parent and Family Involvement in Education, from the National Household Education Surveys Program of 2012.”
The responses were collected from 17,563 questionnaires answered by parents of public and private school children. Here are more of the report’s finding from the 2011-2012 school year:
- 87 percent of students had parents who attended a general school or PTA meeting; 76 percent attended a parent-teacher conference; and 74 percent went to a class or school event.
- 42 percent of students had parents who volunteered in school while 58 percent participated in fundraising.
- 87 percent of students parents’ received general newsletters, memos or emails from schools.
- Parents said 96 percent of students did homework and 86 percent of those students had a designated place to do their work; 67 percent of students had homework check by an adult.
- 37 percent of students in grades 6 through 12 had parents who expected them to complete graduate school; 28 percent expected a four-year diploma; 17 percent expected students to attend two or more years of college; only 1 percent did not expect their children to finish high school.
- About 3 percent of school-age students homeschooled, and a large majority of those (68 percent) were white.