If you’ve been wondering how well home educators fare, then take a look at these homeschooling statistics listed below :
**NOTE: I originally wrote this blog post in summer of 2010, so facts have most likely changed slightly since then.
Facts and Trends
Just a quick note: don’t get bored too soon or skim over these facts. They might actually make the difference in your decision to homeschool or not.
Okay, so here goes…
- The U.S. Department of Education estimates that there were over 1.28 to 1.74 million homeschooled students in spring 2007
- According to an article written by Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. (published on the National Home Education Research Institute’s website), as of 2008, there were about 2 million homeschool students, and the population continues to grow at an estimated 5%-12% per year
- Since homeschooled students do not depend on tax payer dollars, homeschoolers likely save American taxpayers over $16 billion dollars
- Homeschooling is increasing among minorities. About 15% of homeschool families are non-white/nonHispanic.
- Homeschooling is varied demographically and is utilized by a LARGE segment of different types of populations- from different religious groups and those with very differing political views and socio-economic status.
It is apparent that home educated students comprise a good chunk of the American population (which is also increasing worldwide). Homeschooling is a growing phenomenon and trend that continues to snowball into a larger group of students each year. So, contrary to popular belief of the past, it is no longer taboo to home educate. I think most people are aware of that…but there are always some who wrinkle their eyebrow in worry when you announce your plans to homeschool. Don’t let it worry you. Once you’re in (as most of us who have been homeschooling a few years or more will tell you), you’re in. And you will find that you are in good company. Lots of company, in fact.
- According to the National Home Education Research Institute, homeschool students are being actively recruited by colleges, on a continual basis- an increasing trend each year.
- Homeschool students continue to score above average on SAT and ACT scores needed for college admissions (no matter their parents’ level of formal education or household income!)
- Homeschoolers score typically 15 to 30 percentile points above their public school counterparts on standardized tests.
Wow. These homeschooling statistics floor me every time I read them. Although not every homeschool case is the same, just as not every student is the same, homeschoolers at large continue to outperform on standardized test scores and continue to be sought out by colleges and universities. This lets me know that as a new home educating mom, I have embarked on a journey that should, if done correctly, yield good results.
Hopefully this academic info helps you to see the positive results of home educating.
Social/ Emotional/ Spiritual Development
The National Home Education Research Institute also shows that homeschooled students are:
- regularly engaged in activities (both social and educational), outside their homes – (meaning homeschooled students are not necessarily home bound!)
- According to the Homeschool Legal Defense Association, homeschooled students are “engaged in 5.2 activities outside the home, with 98% involved in two or more”. Many of these activities include things like ballet, group sports, music classes, play dates, field trips, and bible clubs. About 87% played with kids outside of their family while about 98% were involved in two activities or more. (http://www.hslda.org/docs/study/ray1997/17.asp)
- Commonly involved in field trips, outings, 4-H meetings, church ministries, sports teams, volunteer work, etc.
- are doing measurably well on “peer interaction, self concept, family participation in community service, and self esteem” (http://www.nheri.org/Research-Facts-on-Homeschooling.html)
What does that mean? Essentially, homeschool kids are getting out, getting about, and making learning a part of their every day lives. Homeschoolers are involved and social.
This was important to me when I first began to start homeschooling. Most new homeschooling parents want to know that their kids will not “miss out” on anything important to their development. If anything, rest assure that your student will gain from a home education. In fact, you now have the time (your most prescious commodity) to help your child reach out above and beyond your four walls into a world of true education.