ERIC Number: EJ1209641
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Homeschooling Choice and Timing: An Examination of Socioeconomic and Policy Influences in Wisconsin
Marks, Denton; Welsch, David M.
Journal of School Choice, v13 n1 p33-57 2019
Over the past two decades homeschooling has become increasingly popular, but this educational alternative has lacked rigorous empirical evaluation because of data limitations. Since little data are available for individual students, we examine homeschooling participation at the statewide and district level in Wisconsin. The most compelling finding is the large decrease in homeschooling at the upper levels of high school which may distort the evaluation of homeschooling as preparation for college. We also examine district and community factors associated with overall homeschooling participation and find evidence, for example, of the importance of test scores and specific religious preferences to that choice. Specifically, we find that higher district level homeschool participation is associated with lower district grade school test scores, lower expenditure per pupil, and a lower percentage of Catholic individuals living in the surrounding area.
Descriptors: Home Schooling, School Choice, Socioeconomic Influences, School Districts, Community Influence, Religious Factors, Scores, Expenditure per Student, Elementary Secondary Education, Time, High School Students, Community Characteristics
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin