Homeschooling Achievement

Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Posted in category Homeschooling

From the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) website:

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.

And most importantly:

Overall the study showed significant advances in homeschool academic achievement as well as revealing that issues such as student gender, parents’ education level, and family income had little bearing on the results of homeschooled students.

National Average Percentile Scores
Subtest Homeschool Public School
Reading 89 50
Language 84 50
Math 84 50
Science 86 50
Social Studies 84 50
Corea 88 50
Compositeb 86 50
a. Core is a combination of Reading, Language, and Math.
b. Composite is a combination of all subtests that the student took on the test.

Read the entire summary of this as well as the full report.

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3 Responses to Homeschooling Achievement

  1. Johnathan says:

    August 26th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    While this is completely unsurprising an outcome, I would be careful in making the sort of utilitarian argument for homeschooling in the referenced summary:

    “We strongly believe that homeschooling is a thriving education movement capable of producing millions of academically and socially able students who will have a tremendously positive effect on society.”

    The choice of how one educates one’s offspring, including the option to homeschool, derives from fundamental principles of liberty. Arguing that homeschooling “will have a…positive effect on society” (however true that may be in any particular case) reinforces the idea that if only government factory schools were somehow “better”, that would be the right choice.

  2. Karen De Coster says:

    August 26th, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Johnathan — agreed, but remember that this is a nat’l organization that is fairly pc in its representation of its mission. They are akin to the NRA on the gun issue.

  3. Jeannie Queenie says:

    August 28th, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Found this interesting article on a New Hampshire Court ordering a Christian child into government education. Why, you ask would a girl be told no more home schooling? Well, put simply, this bright
    10-year-old’s ‘vigorous’ defense of her faith was condemned by the judge.
    In short, I offer the following excerpts of this article to further explain……..
    “Parents have a fundamental right to make educational choices for their children. In this case specifically, the court is illegitimately altering a method of education that the court itself admits is working,” said ADF-allied attorney John Anthony Simmons of Hampton.

    “The court is essentially saying that the evidence shows that, socially and academically, this girl is doing great, but her religious beliefs are a bit too sincerely held and must be sifted, tested by, and mixed among other worldviews. This is a step too far for any court to take.”

    “The New Hampshire Supreme Court itself has specifically declared, ‘Home education is an enduring American tradition and right,’” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Mike Johnson. “There is clearly and without question no legitimate legal basis for the court’s decision, and we trust it will reconsider its conclusions.” Wow, I guess a loony liberal would come out with that bit about her belief system being “a bit too sincerely held and must be sifted, tested by, and mixed among other worldviews.” I wonder why they don’t feel the same about the growing muslim population in this country…and if a muslim parent homeschools their child in the ways of the muslim faith, would they too, extract the kid from the home and place in gov’t schooling? Makes one wonder, doesn’t it? We can honor their religion, but not our own?

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