Just in Time for Christmas: New Information on Homeschoolers from the National Center for Education Statistics

Just today, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has issued a new “In Brief” report, “1.5 Million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2007.” I may be the only girl who was waiting on the edge of her seat for this data, but this is the first reporting on the NCES’s planned update of their somewhat ground-breakingly informative “Homeschooling in the United States: 2003.”

The new report gives the barest glimpse of the information they have (although they promise future reports analyzing more data) and focuses primarily on how many homeschooled students there were in 2007 and how that changed from their previous reports in 2003 and 1999. It does, however, also give stats on the reasons surveyed parents gave for homeschooling. Most interesting to me is that  “To provide religious or moral instruction” made a significant jump (from 72% in 2003 to 83% in 2007). They’ve also added a category, “Nontraditional approach to child’s education,” which I think is wise.

Interesting, interesting. I’ll be looking forward to when they release a full report.

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