The latest research on homeschooling statistics "validate the dedication of hundreds of thousands of homeschool parents who are giving their children the best education possible." (Michael Smith, President, HSLDA.)
There's been a lot of research into homeschooling statistics.
I'm going to pick out the most interesting and relevant facts so you can take a look for yourself.
The most comprehensive homeschool academic study ever completed is contained in the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) Progress Report for 2009.
It is based on homeschooling statistics taken from nearly 12,000 homeschooled students from all 50 states in the US.
The report proved that homeschoolers consistently perform above average academically.
However, I didn't point out the research findings which show just how successful homeschool students have proved themselves to be.
In 1998, Dr. Rudner, from the University of Maryland, surveyed 20,000 homeschool students.
And there's even better news!
Statistics from the NHERI study of 2009 showed that homeschoolers have actually increased the already sizeable gap in academic achievement between themselves and their public school counterparts.
Further, the facts show that the achievement gaps in public school between boys and girls, parents with lower incomes, and parents with lower levels of education are not found among homeschool families.
You can see some of the reasons which tend to make homeschooling more academically successful when we look behind the statistics in our page on how effective is homeschooling?
Here are some of the most interesting research and statistics to help with the homeschool and socialization argument:
If you check out Wikipedia: Home School, you won't find such a ringing endorsement of the benefits of homeschool.
Wikipedia points out that homeschool students in the US are not subject to the testing requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act, which may therefore mean it is hard to provide reliable statistics.
The trouble with statistics, as we all know, is that you can choose which facts you wish to highlight and which ones you don't.
On the other hand, the HDLA is certain that the research contained in the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) Progress Report for 2009 is the "most comprehensive homeschool academic study ever completed."
And there are some other interesting facts which are worth highlighting within Wikipedia itself.
That just goes to prove that we're slowly winning the argument against homeschooling.
And you can use the statistics to help you prove that homeschooling works!
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