ERIC Number: ED446154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Issues Related to Estimating the Home-Schooled Population in the United States with National Household Survey Data. Technical Report.
Henke, Robin R.; Kaufman, Phillip; Broughman, Stephen P.; Chandler, Kathryn
Estimates of the number and proportions of students who are home schooled vary. This report explores differences in survey design and execution that may have contributed to the discrepancies between the estimates for the October 1994 Current Population Survey Education Supplement (CPS:Oct94) and the National Household Education Survey, Parent and Family Involvement/Civic Involvement component of 1996 (NHES:96). Data for the CPS:Oct94 came from household sampling that includes two interviews and six telephone follow-ups for each family surveyed. The NHES:96 was a random-digit dial telephone survey. Differences in sample coverage and response rates are discussed. Missing data are not likely to affect the CPS:Oct94 estimate greatly, but the effect of the lower NHES:96 household response rate cannot be estimated. Observational errors can be introduced by data collection procedures, survey instruments, and respondents. The impact of data processing errors should also be considered, but, in fact, the potential direction and magnitude of estimate differences could not be predicted for most of the methodological differences between the two surveys. The study raises research questions that should be examined to ensure accuracy in estimating the numbers of home schooled students. Appendixes contain technical notes and standard error tables. (Contains 22 tables, 7 figures and 30 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Census Figures, Estimation (Mathematics), Home Schooling, National Surveys, Research Design, Research Methodology, Tables (Data)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.; MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey