Exploring the Effect of Optional Homework on Test Scores

Date of Award

Winter 12-13-2023

Document Type

Project Abstract (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Mike Coquyt


This study focuses on the impact of optional homework on test scores in high school chemistry students. The focus is only on whether giving students the option of doing homework assignments will have any impact on test scores. Students were assessed with comprehensive unit tests. There are be two control groups and two experimental groups in this study. The research study took place in a Minnesota high school with eighty-four junior and senior students. It was found that students who received optional homework improved by 10.6% on average on test scores. That is a marked improvement from those receiving required homework, who only improved by 5.7%.

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