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ERIC Number: ED484747
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Reference Count: 2
1.1 Million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2003. Issue Brief. NCES 2004-115
Princiotta, Daniel; Bielick, Stacey; Chapman, Chris
National Center for Education Statistics
This brief uses data from the 2003 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) to estimate the number of homeschooled students in the United States in 2003 and to discuss the reasons parents decide to homeschool their children. Overall, from 1999 to 2003, the number of homeschooled students in the United States increased, as did the homeschooling rate. The increase in the homeschooling rate (from 1.7 percent to 2.2 percent) represents about 0.5 percent of the 2002-2003 school-age population and a 29 percent relative increase over the 4-year period. While data from the NHES cannot explain why homeschooling was more prevalent in 2003 than in 1999, it can provide insight into why parents homeschooled their children in 2003. Parents may have homeschooled their children for a variety of reasons, but certain factors appear to have been more influential than others. Nearly two-thirds of homeschooled students had parents who said that their primary reason for homeschooling was either concern about the environment of other schools or a desire to provide religious or moral instruction.
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Parent Attitudes, Educational Methods, Parents as Teachers, Enrollment Trends
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
IES Funded: Yes
IES Publication: http://ies.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2004115