ERIC Number: ED439141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Correlational Relationship between Homeschooling Demographics and High Test Scores.
Homeschooling, one of the fastest growing educational alternatives, is enjoying increasing respect from educators and parents alike. This is partly because homeschooling children score as well and often better on standardized tests than their publicly schooled counterparts. However, the vast majority of homeschooled students come from the households of their married biological parents, who have above average incomes. Homeschooling parents also have much higher than average educations. Homeschooled students also watch much less television than their publicly schooled counterparts. All of these demographic characteristics have been proven to influence academic achievement. Homeschooling organizations are completely unsure of the number of students being homeschooled nationally. It is, therefore, possible that the high test scores of homeschooled students are inconclusive evidence of the actual quality of homeschooling instruction; these test scores can instead be attributed to nonrepresentative research samples and demographic characteristics of the homeschoolers' learning environments. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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