Homeschooling infographic

I’m not sure when was the last time I posted an infographic, but this one is very…informative.  Homeschooling is more than an educational choice; it’s a way of life.  Whether you plan for it or not, it has a huge impact on your lifestyle, daily routine, and everything your family does both as a group and individually.

My parents started homeschooling in the early 80’s, before it was even on the radar for most people.  Now, according to the image below, 1 in 25 American children is homeschooled.

Among the 14 children in my own family, some are fiercely determined to homeschool and others have put their children into public schools.  The determining factor seems to be whether they consider themselves Christians and attend church regularly.  It’s sad for me to even think about the fact that some of my siblings don’t, but I hold out hope that they will turn back to God.  They’re young, and God’s promise is strong to parents who train up their children in the way they should go.  My parents were not  perfect, but they tried.

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up

Comments

  1. Very informative! We’re expecting our first child this winter, and we’ve already been researching homeschooling and the (sometimes overwhelming) educational and curriculum-related information out there.

  2. Cindy in GA says:

    Very interesting, but there is an inaccuracy in one of the graphics. It shows that Georgia requires submission of test scores and/or professional evaluation of students. The state does require that students take a standardized test in 3rd, 6th, and 9th grades, but the scores are not submitted to the state or anyone else. No professional evaluation (unless taking the test is considered a professional evaluation by the testing service). (We’ve been homeschooling in GA for 16+ years.)

  3. Good informative graphic. I am curious about the standardized test scores. What percentage of public school students are tested versus the percentage of homeschool students tested? Also, is the comparison to public school students or does it include private school students?

    • Laraba Kendig says:

      Those are good questions. I don’t know the exact answers, but I believe public school is JUST public school and does not include private school students. In some states, all homeschooled students are required to take standardized testing. In others (like Ohio), testing is optional and there are other permitted methods to assess a student’s progress. So there probably is some skewing since homeschooled students somewhat “self select” whether they test or not. We homeschool in Ohio and I’ve never done the standardized testing option. Partly that’s because of logistics — we have 8 kids and 3 days away from home testing would be very hard to manage with the little ones needing naps. I also have 2 kids who would probably test poorly because of handwriting issues. I believe homeschooling provides wonderful instruction since it is based on a “tutoring” model. But it is true that the comparison isn’t perfect because testing is optional in some states. I would like to know how homeschool kids stack up to ps kids in states where testing is required, but I haven’t seen those numbers.

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