How Many Home Schoolers Are There?
Just how prevalent is home education today? The data indicate there are approximately 1.23 million American children being taught at home. This finding (which has an estimated margin of error of ± 10%) exceeds the total public school enrollment for the state of New Jersey, which has the 10th largest student population in the nation. Put another way, there are more home school students nationwide than there are public school students in Wyoming, Vermont, Delaware, North Dakota, Alaska, South Dakota, Rhode Island, Montana, and Hawaii combined. In fact, Americas home schoolers collectively outnumber the individual statewide public school enrollments in each of 41 states (Figure 1.0).
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Footnote: *This study calculated that there were 1.23 million home school students in the U.S. during the fall of 1996. The estimated margin of error for this calculation is ± 10%, yielding a range of 1,103,000 to 1,348,000. This is similar to the total public school enrollment of Georgia or New Jersey (ranked 9th and 10th largest respectively among state public school populations nationwide).
Public school state enrollment figures are for 1994 and the most recent available, based on a table from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research & Improvement, National Center for Education Statistics (1996, November). Digest of Education Statistics (1996). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education.
Copyright © 1997 Brian D. Ray & HSLDA
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