Note: Due to rounding, not all totals equal 100 percent

The AP-AOL Learning Services poll on public attitudes of 1,085 parents and 810 teachers about homework was conducted online Jan. 13-23 by Knowledge Networks. Members of the Knowledge Networks internet panel were recruited by telephone polling methods, and panelists who are not online were provided with internet access.

Parents’ views on homework

Thinking about the amount of homework expected of your child, do you feel the amount of homework assigned is usually …

Too much, 19 percent
About right, 57 percent
Too little, 23 percent
No answer, 1 percent

Where does your child go for help with homework? Check all that apply. … (Results will total more than 100 percent)

Parent, 86 percent
Grandparent, 8 percent
Brothers or sisters, 22 percent
Other relatives, 8 percent
Teacher, 36 percent
Friends, 23 percent
Tutor, 6 percent
Internet, 25 percent
Librarian, 4 percent
Other, 4 percent

And thinking about the amount of time you spend helping your child with homework, do you feel it is usually …

Too much, 16 percent
About right, 57 percent
Too little, 27 percent
No answer, 1 percent

About how much time does your child spend on homework on a typical day?

90 minutes on average

And about how much time do you spend helping your child with homework on a typical day?

41 minutes on average

In general, how difficult is it for you to find the time to help your child with homework?

Very difficult, 9 percent
Somewhat difficult, 26 percent
Not too difficult, 35 percent
Not at all difficult, 29 percent
No answer, 1 percent

How often do you have difficulty helping your child with homework because the subject matter is challenging?

Very often, 10 percent
Somewhat often, 19 percent
Not too often, 39 percent
Not at all often, 31 percent
No answer, 1 percent

How would you rate the resources available to you as a parent to help you help your child with homework?

Very good, 23 percent
Good, 51 percent
Poor, 19 percent
Very poor, 5 percent
No answer, 2 percent

How often does your child turn to the internet for help with homework?

Very often, 9 percent
Somewhat often, 21 percent
Not too often, 36 percent
Not at all often, 33 percent
No answer, 1 percent

How often do YOU turn to the internet to help your child with homework?

Very often, 6 percent
Somewhat often, 15 percent
Not too often, 33 percent
Not at all often, 44 percent
No answer, 2 percent

How would you rate the homework-help resources available to your child on the internet?

Very good, 19 percent
Good, 63 percent
Poor, 8 percent
Very poor, 3 percent
No answer, 7 percent

If you had to choose, with which subject would you say your child needs the most help when it comes to completing homework? (X indicates no response)

Mathematics, 40 percent
Biology, 3 percent
Chemistry, 2 percent
Physics, 2 percent
English, 14 percent
Writing, 15 percent
Music, X percent
History, 6 percent
Government, 2 percent
Geography, 3 percent
Art, X percent
Other, 12 percent
No answer, 2 percent

Who would you say is more knowledgeable about the learning resources available on the internet, you or your child?

I am, 57 percent
My child is, 41 percent
No answer, 2 percent

Teachers’ views on homework

Thinking about the amount of homework expected of students at your school, do you feel the amount of homework assigned is usually …

Too much, 12 percent
About right, 63 percent
Too little, 25 percent
No answer, 1 percent

Has a parent or student ever asked you to change a grade, when such a grade change was not deserved?

Yes, 46 percent
No, 54 percent

In general, how would you rate the amount of time most parents spend helping their children with homework? Would you say they typically spend …

Too much time, 5 percent
About the right amount of time, 8 percent
Not enough time, 87 percent

How would you rate the resources available to parents to help their children with homework?

Very good, 15 percent
Good, 51 percent
Poor, 30 percent
Very poor, 4 percent

To the best of your knowledge, how often do your students turn to the internet for help with their homework?

Very often, 12 percent
Somewhat often, 32 percent
Not too often, 41 percent
Not at all often, 14 percent
No answer, 1 percent

When children turn to the internet for help with their homework, is that mostly a good thing or mostly a bad thing?

Mostly good, 82 percent
Mostly bad, 17 percent
No answer, 1 percent

How would you rate the homework-help resources available to children on the internet?

Very good, 15 percent
Good, 66 percent
Poor, 17 percent
Very poor, 1 percent
No answer, 2 percent

If you had to choose, with which subject would you say children need the most help when it comes to completing homework?

Mathematics, 67 percent
Biology, 1 percent
Chemistry, 3 percent
Physics, 2 percent
English, 7 percent
Music, X percent
History, 5 percent
Government, 1 percent
Geography, 1 percent
Art, X percent
Writing, 11 percent
Other, 3 percent
No answer, 1 percent

Who would you say is more knowledgeable about the learning resources available on the internet, you or your students?

I am, 73 percent
My students, 26 percent
No answer, 1 percent

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