had a mixed experience. some teachers are great and some teachers will not do anything, very average. the sad part is that you can not pick your daughter/son's teacher. if you are stuck with an average teacher you are stuck. and if a teacher is great then you have a great year ahead of you when your child WANTS to go to school and loves to do homework. great experience depends on a great teacher. and if you go to the principal and try to assign your child to a different teacher then no luck. you are stuck with what you have.
if you are looking for homework that encourages your student to be better, push hard but still keep motivated and have fun at the same time then probably it will not be the case with math. I find science projects are good and writing are good as well. my younger one is in second grade and her teacher is great. homework is on parents though.
as a big picture, the school respects its students. they put an effort forward. it becomes a problem when you start to experience certain things and start to drill down more. if a student has a lot of trouble in school and a teacher does not like the trouble then s/he will not take a moment to develop a relationship with the student, find out what a reason is for the misbehaviour but put pressure on a parent to put the student in line.
5th grade math homework is for an average student. the math teacher says my daughter meets all DC math standards and she is the strongest in her class. homework she is given keeps her busy for 5 minutes only. she is bored in class. I had several discussions with her math teacher and asked for extra homework and engage her during the math activities at school. the teacher said she does not have any concerns over my daughter and she has other students to worry about. so if you are a parent who is looking for an individual approach for your son or daughter and if you are looking for a teacher who would adjust a level of assignments then you should keep your expectations low and try identify a tutor to keep your student motivated.
I can only speak from our experience. My daughter came from a gifted and talented program in Sarasota, Florida. ELA teacher at Murch insisted she would only address common core standards class as whole engaged in. My daughter, "went ahead" and thus, was, "not meeting grade level expectations."
Literally, ZERO work came home - Progress Report was first indication she was not performing well.