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April 22, 2006

2006 Homeschooling Report

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The latest survey, Homeschooling in the U.S., 2003, published in February, 2006 by the National Center for Education Statistics shows race, income and parental educational attainment of homeschooling families. It compares homeschoolers with students in public and private schools and changes between the former study in 1999. The number of homeschool students grew from 850,000 or 1.7% in 1999 of the school-age population to 1,100,000 or 2.2% in 2003, a 29% increase. The percentage of homeshooled White students exceeded Black and Hispanic students.

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Parents were asked which one of the applicable reasons they considered to be their most important reason for homeschoolingó31 percent of homeschooled children had parents who cited concern about the environment of other schools, such as safety, drugs, or negative peer pressure, as the most important reason for homeschooling and 30 percent had parents who said the most important reason was to provide religious or moral instruction. While these were the two most common responses, another 16 percent of homeschooled students had parents who said dissatisfaction with the academic instruction available at other schools was their most important reason for homeschooling.

Posted by Wayne Jennings at April 22, 2006 04:20 PM

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