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Homeschooling Statistics



I found some interesting discussions on homeshool and homeshooling statistics that I thought I would share.
 
"In 1997, a study of 5,402 homeschool students from 1,657 families
was released. It was entitled, "Strengths of Their Own: Home Schoolers Across America." The study demonstrated that homeschoolers, on the average, out-performed their counterparts in the public schools by 30 to 37 percentile points in all subjects. "

On what tests? Were special education students included in the
sampling of public schoolers?

"This was confirmed in another study by Dr. Lawrence Rudner of
20,760 homeschooled students which found the homeschoolers who
have homeschooled all their school aged years had the highest
academic achievement. This was especially apparent in the higher
grades. ii This is a good encouragement to families catch the long-
range vision and homeschool through high school."


Were the kids who were tested in either group taking courses on the
college level? Were the academic subjects tested actually ones that
the public schoolers were taking in school or were the subjects ones
where homeschoolers were doing study with distance learning or
college mentors and the high schoolers were in lower level courses?


"In a study released by the National Center for Home Education
on November 10, 1994. According to these standardized test results
provided by the Riverside Publishing Company of 16,311
homeschoolers from all 50 states


How many homeschoolers don't take these tests at all? Note that
all public school students including special education and lower
level kids take them, but many people who homeschool refuse to
test their kids.


K-12, the nationwide average for homeschool students is at the
77th percentile of the basic battery of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.
In reading, the homeschoolers' nationwide grand mean is the 79th percentile. This means, of course, that the homeschool students
perform better in reading than 79 percent of the same population
on whom the test is normed.


Again, though, how many homeschoolers never take these tests?


In the area of language arts and math, the typical homeschooler
scored in the 73rd percentile. " "These 16,311 homeschool
students' scores were not self-selected by parents or anyone else.
They represent all the homeschoolers whose tests were scored


Which is self-selection. Kids and parents who feel they won't do
well on tests, simply don't take them.


through the Riverside Publishing Company. It is important to note
that this summary of homeschool achievement test scores
demonstrates that 54.7% of the students in grades K-12 are
achieving individual scores in the top quarter of the population
of students in the United States. This figure is more than double
the number of conventional school students who score in the top
quarter."


Of course it is. Public school students all take these tests and
that includes kids who have learning disabilities, special needs
and those who are not taking academically tracked subjects in
high school.


It would seem to me that while such a comparison couldn't be
done nationwide, those states that require registration and
testing of homeschoolers could yield useful data for
comparison for those who are interested.


It's simply not a valid comparison for several reasons. More
parents homeschool who are in the middle and upper middle
income brackets. Thus we should compare only those kids
whose parents incomes are comparable. More parents
who have one stay at home parent homeschool. Thus we
should take out all the children who don't have that advantage.
Perhaps we should also take out all the public schooled
children who are receiving special education services and
who for that reason don't do well on the tests.

The same problem occurs when you attempt to compare
private schools to public schools. The populations even
in a single state are simply not comparable. If you want a
valid comparison, take kids from a single city. Test every
homeschooler in that city. Then test every public school
child who is in a similar population (same income bracket,.
same family constellation, etc.)


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