Latest Statistics for Homeschool SAT scores: (From NHERI)
Let me share a few of the statistics from the National Home Education Research Institute with you. (www.nheri.org) This should give you an added boost of confidence. Knowledge is power!
- Homeschool students score above average on achievement tests regardless of their parents’ level of formal education or their family’s household income
- Whether homeschool parents were ever certified teachers is not related to their children’s academic achievement.
- Home-educated students typically score above average on the SAT and ACT tests that colleges consider for admissions.
- The home-educated are doing well, typically above average, on measures of social, emotional, and psychological development. Research measures include peer interaction, self-concept, leadership skills, family cohesion, participation in community service, and self-esteem.
- Homeschool students are regularly engaged in social and educational activities outside their homes and with people other than their nuclear-family members. They are commonly involved in activities such as field trips, scouting, 4-H, political drives, church ministry, sports teams, and community volunteer work.
The research base on adults who were homeschooled is growing, thus far it indicates that they:
- Participate in local community service more frequently than does the general population,
- Vote and attend public meetings more frequently than the general population,
- Go to and succeed at college at an equal or higher rate than the general population
- By adulthood, internalize the values and beliefs of their parents at a high rate.
General Interpretation of findings is:
It is possible that homeschooling causes the positive traits reported above. However, the research designs to date do not conclusively “prove” that homeschooling causes these things. At the same time, there is no empirical evidence that homeschooling causes negative things compared to institutional schooling. Future research may better answer the question of causation.