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Home Schoolers Excel on ACT

Some people believe that Kentucky’s home schoolers should be more tightly regulated. However, recently released test scores from American College Testing (ACT) reinforce advocates’ assertions that no additional oversight of Kentucky home schoolers is needed.

Kentucky home schoolers scored 21.8 on the test—above traditionally educated students’ average of 20.1 in the state and 21 nationally. Students can score from 1 to 36 on the ACT, which evaluates reading, math, science, and English. Many colleges and universities use these test scores to evaluate applicants during the admissions process.

This is not the only test on which home schoolers have done well. A nationwide study released by the Home School Legal Defense Association on March 23, 1999, showed significant achievement by home schoolers, especially in the higher grades. The study found that home school students scored four grade levels above the national average. (See the March/April 1999 Court Report insert.)

Kentucky home schoolers could make several points based on this year’s scores, but the most important point is obvious—home schoolers are doing well enough to be left alone. This is an important point to remember if legislation is introduced in the upcoming session to require standardized achievement testing for home schooled children.