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In 1998, by Dr. Lawrence Rudner, a professor at the ERIC Clearinghouse, which is part of the University of Maryland, surveyed over 20,000 homeschooled students for his study, titled Home Schooling Works. In his study he discovered that homeschoolers (on average) scored about 30 percentile points higher than the national average on standardized achievement tests.

Since Rudner’s research was conducted over a decade ago, HSLDA commissioned Dr. Brian Ray, an internationally recognized scholar and president of the non-profit National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), to collect data for the 2007–08 academic year for a new study. This new study would build upon 25 years of homeschool academic scholarship conducted by Ray himself, Rudner, and many others.

The Progress Report 2009: Homeschool Academic Achievement and Demographics included 11,739 homeschooled students from all 50 states who took three well-known tests (from 15 independent services)—California Achievement TestIowa Tests of Basic Skills, and Stanford Achievement Test for the 2007–2008 academic year. To it’s credit, the Progress Report is the most comprehensive homeschool academic study ever completed to date.


The study showed note-worthy advances in homeschool academic achievement.

Additionally, the so-called issues, such as student gender, parents’ education level, and family income, had little bearing on the results of kiddos being homeschooled.


National Average Percentile Scores
Subtest Homeschool Public School
Reading 89 50
Language 84 50
Math 84 50
Science 86 50
Social Studies 84 50
Corea 88 50
Compositeb 86 50

a. Core is a combination of Reading, Language, and Math.
b. Composite is a combination of all subtests that the student took on the test.

Only a slight difference between boys and girl on core scores:

Boys—87th percentile
Girls—88th percentile

Household income had almost no impact:

$34,999 or less—85th percentile
$35,000–$49,999—86th percentile
$50,000–$69,999—86th percentile
$70,000 or more—89th percentile

Though the parent’s education level saw a difference, it still remains that the homeschooled children of non-college educated parents scored well above the national average.

Neither parent has a college degree—83rd percentile
One parent has a college degree—86th percentile
Both parents have a college degree—90th percentile

A certified parent did not matter:

Certified (i.e., either parent ever certified)—87th percentile
Not certified (i.e., neither parent ever certified)—88th percentile

Amount of money parents spend on home education made little difference:

Spent $600 or more on the student—89th percentile
Spent under $600 on the student—86th percentile

Government regulation also didn’t change results:

Low state regulation—87th percentile
Medium state regulation—88th percentile
High state regulation—87th percentile

Report here.

So… how do you like them apples?


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Comments on: "New Nationwide Study Confirms Homeschool Academic Achievement" (4)

  1. We live in a liberal home-school state. In the last two weeks, two people have asked how I “know” my kids are learning without a state-sanctioned curriculum/supervision. This report shows that a state’s help/interference doesn’t hurt…nor does it help.

    For me, the most pressing detractor of home-schooling is the time I don’t spend earning money; however, as that element returns negligible results, I can tuck away that worry and continue enjoying this life!

    • I work from home so I juggle that and homeschooling. It’s really rough some days – like when I have to stay up after I put everyone in bed in order to get my work done. But… I’m so thankful to have a job that is so flexible.

      This report is great – I feel like I should carry it around and whip it out when people give me “the look” or decide I’m not qualified to teach my own kids. Then, walk outside, smack the paper against the window and yell, “How you like ‘dem apples?” (thank you Good Will Hunting)

  2. Awesome, but I don’t thinkit will matter much here – homeschooling is still prohibited by law here in germany…
    I do kindergarten/preschool stuff with my 5 year old and I will continue to work with him once he’s at school – to him, learning is great fun and I want to keep it like that…

    • We have friends in our homeschool group that are English, but live in Spain during the summers and here during the school year as homeschool is illegal in Spain.

      I find it odd that homeschool is illegal. One day I may educate myself on why those governments make that choice.

      I applaud your effort in taking your kiddos education past the traditional classroom – it’s an undertaking… but can be so much fun – especially when they are young 🙂

      Are you originally from Germany/Austria?

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