September 4, 2001

Home Schoolers Continue to Score Higher on SAT

On August 28, the College Board released new Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) data for 1.3 million seniors who took the test and planned to graduate in 2001. Home schoolers, 5,847 of whom took the SAT this spring, scored well above the national average on both the verbal and math test. "We were not surprised," said Caleb Kershner, HSLDA's Manager of Federal Policy and Research. "Home schoolers had higher scores than the national average in 1999 and 2000."

This year's national average of 506 in verbal, 514 in math, and 1020 overall fell short of home schoolers scores. The national average SAT scores of home schoolers were 567 in verbal, 525 in math, and a whopping 1092 overall. "Home schoolers are raising the bar for academic excellence nationwide," said Tom Washburne, Director for the National Center for Home Education. "With 3 years of superior scores, colleges are sitting up and taking a serious look at what parent-educated students are achieving."

HSLDA congratulates the home schooled seniors on a job well done. We wish you success and blessing as you enter college this fall.