HSLDAs National Center for Home Education recently completed an informal survey of American colleges home school admission requirements and success rates. The good news is that over two-thirds (67.9%) of the responding institutions had home school friendly admission policies similar to our offices recommendations. But nearly a third (28.1%) still required a GED for home school admission. And 3.5% had more stringent policiesrequiring home schoolers to either take extra tests or score higher than traditionally schooled students on the tests. (See http://www.hslda.org/docs/nche/000001/00000163.ASP.) The survey results were reviewed in Education Week (March 29, 2000) and on the front page of the Washington Times (March 14, 2000). Feel free to print out the survey report from our website for your college admissions officer.
In the committee report language of the Amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1998, Congress stated that requiring home schoolers to take additional tests including a GED or SAT II tests was discriminatory.1 No college or university wants to be known as discriminatory. HSLDAs National Center is working diligently to help colleges analyze their admission policies for home school graduates and recommends changes to correct discriminatory requirements.
1 105th Congress, 2d Session, House of Representatives, Report 105-481, Higher Education Amendments of 1998, April 17, 1998, p.147