Which States Have the Most Homework?

In households across the United States, homework is a hot topic. The debate about homework amounts has expanded to community discussions. 

In some communities, local school systems have sought out new solutions such as changing the nature of homework, limiting the amount of time that students spend on homework and in some cases, abolishing homework. 

Yet discussions about homework become more relevant with accurate data about homework amounts. In a study of homework that included thousands of parents, we discovered the average amount of time students are spending on homework. We also found a wide homework gap between states. Students could be spending 66 to 86 percent more time on homework, depending on where they live. 

How does homework in Kansas compare to California? Learn the average amount of homework in your state and find out how it compares to the rest of the country. 

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Average Homework Amounts

Across the country, students spend between 42 minutes and about two hours on homework each night. 

How Much Time Do Students Spend on Homework Each Day?

  • Elementary/Middle School: 42.4 mins
  • High School: 1 hr. 18 mins
  • College: 1 hr. 56 mins

These figures are in sync with estimates from the data the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. OECD reported that in 2014, U.S. teens spent 6.1 hours on homework each week, which is an hour and 13 minutes on homework each night. Comparatively, high school students in South Korea spend just 2.9 hours per week on homework, and Russian teens have 9.7 hours of homework per week.

Homework in Elementary and Middle School

Young students may not be learning calculus, but the NEA says, “At the elementary school level, homework can help students develop study skills and habits and can keep families informed about their child’s learning.”

Depending on what state you live in, average homework amounts for young students can range between a half-hour to nearly an hour. 

Average Daily Homework for Elementary/Middle School Students

  • California 56.0 minutes
  • Maine 55.7
  • Louisiana 54.0
  • New Mexico 54.0
  • Washington 53.1
  • Indiana 51.8
  • Utah 51.4
  • Nebraska 50.0
  • Vermont 50.0
  • Mississippi 48.0
  • West Virginia 48.0
  • New Hampshire 48.0
  • South Carolina 48.0
  • North Dakota 47.5
  • Texas 46.1
  • South Dakota 45.0
  • New York 44.5
  • Minnesota 44.0
  • Florida 44.0
  • Wisconsin 43.6
  • Virginia 43.3
  • New Jersey 43.2
  • Connecticut 42.0
  • Alaska 42.0
  • Georgia 41.6
  • Michigan 41.1
  • Arizona 40.5
  • Alabama 40.0
  • Idaho 40.0
  • Missouri 40.0
  • Wyoming 40.0
  • Hawaii 40.0
  • Kentucky 39.5
  • Montana 39.0
  • Pennsylvania 38.9
  • Tennessee 38.8
  • Illinois 38.8
  • North Carolina 38.6
  • Oklahoma 37.5
  • Ohio 36.7
  • Massachusetts 36.0
  • Maryland 36.0
  • Delaware 36.0
  • Colorado 35.5
  • Iowa 35.0
  • Arkansas 34.3
  • Oregon 33.0
  • Nevada 30.0
  • Kansas 30.0
  • Rhode Island 30.0

Homework Amounts in High School

In high school, students are studying more advanced concepts while also taking on a more active role in their learning. This means teachers assign more homework than they did in earlier grades. 

However, high schoolers will also find that time management becomes important. Even as homework amounts increase, students may have to juggle college prep, extracurricular activities and after-school jobs.

In some states, average homework amounts are significantly higher than in others, with the range from one hour per night to nearly two hours. 

Average Daily Homework for High School Students

  • Vermont 110.0 minutes
  • Maine 107.2
  • West Virginia 102.0
  • Louisiana 102.0
  • Connecticut   93.0
  • New Mexico   90.0
  • South Dakota   90.0
  • Washington   88.8
  • South Carolina   88.1
  • California   85.7
  • Idaho   85.0
  • Wisconsin   84.5
  • Virginia   84.4
  • Georgia   84.2
  • New Hampshire   84.0
  • Minnesota   82.0
  • Arkansas   81.4
  • Montana   81.0
  • Missouri   80.5
  • Illinois   80.3
  • Indiana   80.1
  • Ohio   77.4
  • Michigan   77.4
  • Texas   77.2
  • Tennessee   76.7
  • New Jersey   76.2
  • Hawaii   75.0
  • Kentucky   75.0
  • North Dakota   75.0
  • Nevada   75.0
  • Arizona   74.4
  • Colorado   73.6
  • Florida   73.2
  • Mississippi   72.9
  • North Carolina   72.9
  • Oregon   72.0
  • Massachusetts   72.0
  • Alaska   72.0
  • Alabama   72.0
  • Pennsylvania   71.6
  • Nebraska   70.0
  • Wyoming   70.0
  • New York   69.6
  • Delaware   66.0
  • Maryland   64.0
  • Oklahoma   63.8
  • Iowa   62.3
  • Utah   60.0
  • Rhode Island   60.0
  • Kansas   60.0

Homework in College

Homework is inevitable in college. While colleges with the most homework do get a reputation, there are also statewide trends where college students in some parts of the country have more homework than students in other locations on average. 

Are you going to college in a state that has high average homework amounts? 

Average Daily Homework for College Students

  • Idaho 141.3 minutes
  • Oregon 140.0
  • Nebraska 135.0
  • Wisconsin 135.0
  • Kentucky 134.3
  • Connecticut 133.3
  • New Mexico 132.0
  • New Hampshire 132.0
  • South Dakota 130.0
  • Arkansas 130.0
  • Nevada 127.5
  • Massachusetts 126.0
  • North Dakota 125.4
  • Georgia 125.2
  • Maine 125.0
  • Missouri 124.5
  • Washington 123.5
  • Virginia 121.1
  • West Virginia 120.0
  • Vermont 120.0
  • Colorado 120.0
  • Illinois 119.1
  • Pennsylvania 118.4
  • South Carolina 118.1
  • Montana 118.0
  • Minnesota 117.8
  • Oklahoma 115.7
  • North Carolina 115.4
  • California 114.0
  • Louisiana 113.1
  • Ohio 112.3
  • Tennessee 111.2
  • Wyoming 110.0
  • Texas 109.9
  • Michigan 109.4
  • Mississippi 109.3
  • Alabama 107.1
  • Florida 106.8
  • Arizona 106.7
  • Maryland 104.0
  • Iowa 102.5
  • Alaska 102.0
  • New Jersey 101.3
  • Utah 100.0
  • Kansas 98.6
  • Indiana 94.0
  • Rhode Island 90.0
  • New York 90.0
  • Hawaii 88.0
  • Delaware 85.0

What’s the Best Way to Improve Grades?

Over 99 percent of parents say it’s moderately to very important that their children get good grades.

However, in our research, we found no correlation between the amount of homework and grades. When we look at the state-level data, neither SAT test scores nor GPA had trendlines that matched average homework amounts. 

Instead, students and parents have found different strategies for getting better grades, improving learning, and achieving academic success. 

Tutoring is an often-lauded approach that can have an impact on grades. In fact, about 24 percent of students who used tutoring improved at least one letter grade. However, that leaves about three-quarters of students not seeing the same level of improvement, even with a tutor’s help. 

Other students have been widely successful by using online resources to improve grades. Students are benefiting from access to shared class notes, study guides and on-demand homework solutions prepared by certified experts. 

More than 90 percent of OneClass users improved by at least one letter grade. With access to helpful learning tools, students could reduce the time spent on homework while simultaneously becoming more efficient learners. 

Find out how you can improve your grades with OneClass’ Homework Help.


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