January 20, 2012

A Homeschool Study May Appear in your Mailbox …

William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director of Federal Relations

We want to give you a heads-up that the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics is conducting a survey called the National Household Education Study (NHES). The purpose of this study is to find out where and how students in the United States are being educated.

Since 1999, the NHES has had a homeschool component. There have been three “Homeschooling in the United States” studies, in 1999, 2003, and 2007. They have all shown that homeschooling has grown, and have been very useful in demonstrating the growth and reasons for homeschooling. You may view the results of these studies on our research website on the right side of the page.

The NHES is not mandatory. There is no requirement that you or your family respond. However, we do not believe that there is any threat to your homeschool freedom should you decide to respond to this study. Household addresses were gathered randomly from the U.S. Postal Service’s database of every address in the nation. For more information, please see the statement from the National Center for Education Statistics below:

“The chief goal of the National Household Education Study (NHES) is to describe Americans’ educational experiences, thereby offering policymakers, researchers, and educators a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States. The NHES is unique among Department of Education studies in that it collects information on school choice, parent involvement in education, early childhood education and other topics directly from parents of public, private and homeschooled children. To monitor educational trends over time, NHES conducts repeated measurements of the same phenomena in different years. The 2012 collection will start in January and end in late June. More information on the study and reports from past data collections can be found at http://nces.ed.gov/nhes/index.asp.”

If you have any additional questions, please contact HSLDA’s Federal Relations Department at federalrelations@hslda.org or 540-338-5600