Doing the Math Behind Homeschooling - Schools of Thought Blogs
Parents face many challenges these days. Challenges that are often best met by an array of options. Home schooling needs to be one of those options.in fact, I would say kids that are home schooled to reasonable standards and do well on tests should get tax credits for college tuition.
The National Center for Education Statistics says that 1.7 percent of kids were homeschooled in 1999, 2.2 percent in 2003, and 2.9 percent in 2007. Today, that figure is at 4 percent, according to an article published at educationnews.org.
So it appears that the homeschooling growth rate is more exponential than it is steady.
Most parents aren’t certified teachers, so it stands to reason why some question the effectiveness of a homeschool education. But the Home School Legal Defense Association, an advocacy group in favor of homeschooling, reported in 2009 that homeschooled students averaged 37 percentile points higher on standardized tests than their public school counterparts.
educationnews.org backs that up, saying that while students in traditional schools mark the 50th percentile on standardized tests, students who are “independently educated” score between the 65th and 89th percentile.