The Positive Reality Of Homeschooling Statistics
If you’re deciding to homeschool, take a look at the homeschooling statistics below that clearly indicate that the efforts of parents and their children are rewarded by higher academic achievement and test scores on national tests without spending a tremendous amount of money.
Dr. Brian Ray of National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) estimated that there were over 2 million K-12 U.S. kids being homeschooled in the early portion of 2008. Parallel to Dr. Ray's estimations, NCES research revealed that homeschooling numbers were growing about 8% each year in the 4 years since the NCES former research.
According to NCES research, the most significant reasons parents choose homeschooling are divided into 3 major categories:
- 31% dissatisfaction with public and private school environments
- 30% with moral and/or religious concerns
- 16% unhappy with other school's academic instruction
In 1991 a standardized test score survey was conducted by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and the Psychological Corporation in a study that administered a SAT test to 5124 home schooled students from all 50 states and spanning all grades from K to 12. These 5124 students worked through a variety of tests in reading, language arts and math and excelled with ranking between 18-28 percentile points higher than public school averages. A sampling of the homeschooling statistics from this test include:
692 grade 4 home school students averaging:
- 77 percentile points for reading
- 70 percentile points in language art
- 63 percentile points in math
The 505 homeschooled sixth graders in the test showed similar higher than average percentile points with:
- 76 percentile points in reading
- 72 percentile points in language arts
- 65 percentile points in math
The 118 home schooled 10th grade high school students’ results showed an even greater superiority with their results being:
- 82 percentile points in reading
- 81 percentile points in language arts
- 70 percentile points in math
Later in 1997, a study of 5402 home educated students, entitled "Strengths of Their Own: Home Schoolers Across America" Dr. Ray revealed the following homeschooling statistics.
Debunking the common fear that a lot of money is needed for adequate education of home schooled children, the study found that the average cost of homeschooling a child, despite the greater amount of percentile points achieved (the average being 85), was only $546. This is compared to the $5325 cost for public school student whose typical average was only 50th percentile points on SATs.
In the next year, 1998, a study held by Dr. Rudner with 20,760 8th grade home school students found that even though their parents spent less than $200 on their home schooling, they still averaged an 80th percentile. The same grade home school students whose parents spent $400 - $599 achieved the same average, and the parents who spent over $600 only saw a slight increase of 83rd percentile in their homeschooled children.
Clearly, wealth has no bearing on the proper education of homeschooled child. This also suggests that supporters of the public schooling are likely wasting their time focusing on funding issues as these findings prove that money can never take the place of hard work, honest effort and loving, caring parents.
Another contrasting factor illustrated by Dr. Ray's study was the racial statistics regarding the success rates between public and homeschooled children. He found that there were no significant variations between white and minority homeschool students and examples of this could be seen as K - 12 graders, regardless of race, averaged a percentile of 87 points. However, math saw a white average of an 82nd percentile achieved and a minority average of 77th.
With public schooled students there is a much sharper contrast. White eighth graders from public schools scored an average of only a 58th percentile in math, black public schooled eighth graders achieving an even lower percentile of 24 percentile in math, and Hispanics earning only a little higher at the 29th percentile.
This study shows that regardless of race, when parents put in the effort and commitment to home educate their children, nearly all the challenges faced in other schooling systems can be successfully overcome.
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