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VOLUME XIV, NUMBER 6
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NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 1998
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Cover Story
Home Schoolers Win Ban on National Test

Special Features
So You Want to Attend Patrick Henry College

National Center Reports
National ID Regulations on Hold for Year

Defense Authorization Bill of 1998

The Higher Education Amendments of 1998

Gifted Home Schoolers Excel

Across the States
State by State

Regular Features
Press Clippings

Staff News

A Contrario Sensu

Notes to Members

Prayer and Praise

Litigation Report

President’s Page

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Freedom Watch
Gifted Home Schoolers Excel

     In a 1997 annual talent search test, home schoolers outscored traditionally-schooled students. Each year the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa administers the explore test (essentially an act test designed for eighth graders) to 3,000 gifted students in grades three through six. In order to be eligible to even take the test, students must score at or above the 95th percentile on nationally standardized tests. In the past, test administrators have not been able to determine whether a student taking the test was home educated or traditionally educated—until last year.
     Twenty home schoolers took the test in 1997—about 0.7% of the 3,000 students—a number which reflects studies showing that home schoolers make up 1% of the total student population. Home educated sixth graders scored higher than their public school counterparts in all five subject areas, while home schooled fifth graders did better in all subjects except math. At the fourth grade level, home schoolers’ scores were comparable to traditionally schooled students in all areas except science, where home schooled students’ scores were significantly higher.
     The test administrators determined that, while the results are far from conclusive, they are indeed significant and would like to explore them further. The Belin-Blank Center is asking any home schooled student who took the explore test between 1993—1997 to write and tell the center how long the student has been home schooled and what year he took the test.