Saturday, March 10, 2007

Homeschooling Statistical Studies

Every so often I hear some study that cites some statistic or another about homeschooling. So I thought that as a public service I'd provide links for you so that you can read for yourself what some of these studies have to say, as well as how to get a hold of them. There are a bunch of them out there in cyber space. They might be worth using in your own writings. It is difficult at best to study and do research on homeschoolers nationally because every state is so different in their laws, and not all homeschoolers register with any particular agency or organization (THANK GOODNESS!.) So there is a question of access to the raw data to begin with. In any case, I thought these studies that I have accumulated over the past couple of years might be of interest, so here we go:

Homeschoolers: Estimating Numbers and Growth - 1999 - National Institute on Student Achievement, Curriculum, and Assessment - Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), U.S. Department of Education

Homeschooling - ERIC Digest 151, September 2001 - By: Dr. Patricia Lines, Educational Resources Information Center- September 1, 2001

Home Schooling in the United States:Trends and Characteristics - by Kurt J. Bauman, U.S. Census Bureau -Citation: Bauman, K. J. (2002, May 16). Education Policy Analysis Archives (EPAA)

Homeschooling is Growing Worldwide - Karl Bunday - Learn In Freedom - a bit dated but interesting nonetheless.

Homeschooling in the United States: 1999 - National Center For Education Statistics (NCES) study - by Stacey Bielick, Kathryn Chandler, and Stephen Broughman. In the spring of 1999, an estimated 850,000 students nationwide were being homeschooled. This report, based on data from the Parent Survey of the National Household Education Survey Program, 1999, contains information about the characteristics of homeschooled children and their families, parent's reasons for homeschooling, and public school support for homeschoolers.

Home Schooling:From the Extreme to the Mainstream - by Patrick Basham, Cato Institute, Public Policy Sources. This paper has established that home schooling is a thriving educational movement both in Canada and the United States. It has also empirically demonstrated that the academic and socialization outcomes for the average home schooled child are superior to those experienced by the average public school student.

1.1 Million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2003
- July 2004, U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, NCES study - From 1999 to 2003, the number of homeschooled students in the United States increased, as did the homeschooling rate. The increase in the homeschooling rate (from 1.7 percent to 2.2 percent) represents about 0.5 percent of the 2002–03 school-age population and a 29 percent relative increase over the 4-year period.

Homeschooling in the United States: 2003 - Survey information from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) on the prevalence of homeschooling in the United States. Homeschooling in the United States: 2003 uses the Parent and Family Involvement Survey of the 2003 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) to estimate the number and percentage of homeschooled students in the United States in 2003 and to describe the characteristics of these students and their families. It reports on the race and ethnicity, income level, and educational attainment of students’ parents; compares the characteristics of homeschoolers to those of public and private schooled students; examines how homeschooling rates have changed between 1999 and 2003 for different segments of the student population; and describes parents’ primary reasons for homeschooling their children, as well as the resources and curricular tools homeschooled students use in their education. Children were considered to be homeschooled if their parents reported them being schooled at home instead of at a public or private school, if their enrollment in public or private schools did not exceed 25 hours a week, and if they were not being homeschooled solely because of a temporary illness.

Homeschooling and the Redefinition of Citizenship - A. Bruce Arai -Wilfrid Laurier University - This is an odd study that concludes, "While the form and content of citizenship education among homeschoolers is clearly different from what children receive in school, it is not an inferior experience. Homeschoolers, in other words, can be good citizens." Whew - boy I am glad he cleared that up ! (eye roll)

NHERI (National Home Education Research Institute) has done some studies too. Some people claim that they tend to be somewhat biased and limited. It is said that the population that they usually survey seems to be the pool of members of a certain national organization of homeschoolers which they have ties to. You could check it out for yourself though.

Last but not least, here's one about education in general - the 2006 National Report Card from ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) - which gives a state by state analysis of education in this country.(142 pages)(this link is no longer valid)

The 2007 ALEC report is here.

Happy Reading and Researching!