ERIC Number: EJ1110241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Homeschool Parents and Satisfaction with Special Education Services
Cheng, Albert; Tuchman, Sivan; Wolf, Patrick J.
Journal of School Choice, v10 n3 p381-398 2016
Homeschooling is controversial for a variety of reasons. One concern is whether families are sufficiently equipped to serve students with disabilities. We investigate this issue by assessing parental satisfaction with the special education services that their child is receiving in various educational sectors (e.g., homeschool, traditional public, public charter, and private). Using a nationally representative sample of U.S. households from the National Household Education Survey, we find that parents who homeschool are more satisfied than parents of children in traditional public schools and a variety of private schools with the special education services that they are receiving. Despite obvious selection bias in our sample, we view parental satisfaction as one of many important indicators for the quality of special education services. The results from this study suggest that homeschooling is a potentially beneficial option for serving students with disabilities, though additional research examining other student outcomes would be invaluable.
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Parent Attitudes, Satisfaction, Special Education, Educational Attainment, National Surveys, Traditional Schools, Charter Schools, Private Schools, Educational Quality, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Equal Education, Federal Legislation, Individualized Education Programs, Likert Scales, Catholic Schools, Religious Education, Regression (Statistics), Least Squares Statistics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Household Education Survey
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