ERIC Number: ED395397
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
What Is Home Schooling?
Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.
The Ohio Department of Education estimates that 15,000 children were being home-schooled in Ohio, based on a 1991 survey of school superintendents. This document presents an overview of home schooling and describes the nature and extent of home schooling in Ohio. Data are based on a review of literature, information received from national and state home-schooling organizations, and interviews conducted with parents who home-school. The document addresses the following topics: the definition of home schooling; the requirements for home schooling in Ohio; the characteristics of families who engage in home schooling; the reasons why parents choose home schooling; a comparison of curricula and instructional practices used by home schools and conventional schools; the reported educational outcomes of home-schooled students; and the impact of home schooling on school districts. Home-schooling advocates report that home-schooled students perform as well as or better than their traditionally schooled counterparts on standardized tests and that they are socially competent at an earlier age than conventionally schooled peers. The document suggests that home schooling can alleviate some of the financial pressures and overcrowding in public school districts. Two exhibits are included. (Contains 26 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Legislative Office of Education Oversight, Columbus.