Home Education Across the United States
Is Teacher Certification Necessary for High Achievement?
     Critics often claim that only parents with teaching credentials can effectively home school. The data from this study suggest otherwise. Home school students’ test scores segmented by whether their parents have ever held a teaching certificate reveal a differential of only three percentile points — the 88th percentile versus the 85th percentile (Figure 4.0).
Figure 4.0

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Footnote: * See Ray (1997) for more detail about the non-equal-interval nature of a simple percentile scale which has distortion especially near the ends of the scale.
     ** Either parent ever certified.
     *** Neither parent ever certified.
     Home school data are for grades K-12.


Copyright © 1997 Brian D. Ray & HSLDA
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