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Book of Odds – Why Homeschooling is Worth Studying

The number of homeschooled children in the U.S. has increased from an estimated 850,000 students in 1999 to about 1.5 million students in 2007. The odds that a student (aged 5-17) is homeschooled are 1 in 33.91…

The vast majority—between 80% and 82%—receive no instruction from a traditional school. White children make up between 75% and 77% of the homeschooled numbers. A little more than half have two parents, with one parent in the labor force. And 60-62% of children taught at home live in families with 3 or more children…

In 1999, 17.4% of homeschooled children lived in households with an income of over $75,000; by 2007 the percentage had almost doubled to 33.2%…

From academic test scores to athletic scoreboards, homeschooled students have been racking up some impressive results. The year after the first survey was taken, homeschoolers scored significantly higher than the national average on both the SAT and the ACT…

In both 2003 and 2007 parents were asked about their reasons for choosing home schooling, and the percentage citing the desire to provide religious or moral instruction to their children as their motivation for home schooling increased from 72% to 83% during that period.

via Book of Odds – Why Homeschooling is Worth Studying.

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