Friday, August 14

The Newest Homeschool Study.

The summary is worth looking at whether you homeschool or not. You can read the whole article here.

Here are some highlights:

Household income had little impact on the results of homeschooled students.
  • $34,999 or less—85th percentile
  • $35,000–$49,999—86th percentile
  • $50,000–$69,999—86th percentile
  • $70,000 or more—89th percentile

The education level of the parents makes a bit of difference but those with no degree still have children who test well above the national average.
  • Neither parent has a college degree—83rd percentile
  • One parent has a college degree—86th percentile
  • Both parents have a college degree—90th percentile

Whether either parent was a certified teacher did not matter.
  • Certified (i.e., either parent ever certified)—87th percentile
  • Not certified (i.e., neither parent ever certified)—88th percentile

Parental spending on home education made little difference.
  • Spent $600 or more on the student—89th percentile
  • Spent under $600 on the student—86th percentile

The extent of government regulation on homeschoolers did not affect the results.
  • Low state regulation—87th percentile
  • Medium state regulation—88th percentile
  • High state regulation—87th percentile

HSLDA commissioned Dr. Brian Ray, an internationally recognized scholar and president of the non-profit National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), to collect data for the 2007–08 academic year for a new study which would build upon 25 years of homeschool academic scholarship conducted by Ray himself, Rudner, and many others.

Drawing from 15 independent testing services, the Progress Report 2009: Homeschool Academic Achievement and Demographics included 11,739 homeschooled students from all 50 states who took three well-known tests—California Achievement Test, Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, and Stanford Achievement Test for the 2007–08 academic year. The Progress Report is the most comprehensive homeschool academic study ever completed.

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