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Homeschooling Grows Up


Educational Resource Information Center
ERIC is a resource center supported by the Department of Education.

National Center for Education Statistics: U.S. Department of Education
The primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the U.S. and internationally.

National Home Education Research Institute
The principal source for home education research on the Internet!

 HSLDA Staff Articles

COVID-19: Some School Districts Providing Wrong Information about Assessments
Governor Walz’s order does not apply to families homeschooling under state regulations.

Are Annual Assessments Suspended?
Even though New York education officials have canceled all public school state assessments for the rest of the academic year, so far homeschoolers are still expected to fulfill their annual assessment requirements.

COVID-19—How School Closure Impacts Homeschool Families
When Governor Parson recently ordered the closure of Missouri schools, he did not limit the closure exclusively to public schools.

COVID-19—Governor Waives “Days of Instruction” Requirement for Homeschool Families
Maine Governor Janet Mills issued a state-wide waiver of school attendance requirements.

COVID-19: Legislature Suspended, Homeschooling Resources Available
The New Hampshire Legislature has suspended its activities until May 4 in response to COVID-19.

WVDE Guidance on Assessments During Coronavirus
The state Department of Education recommends a sort of grace period for homeschoolers who submit a standardized test as their annual assessment.

Schools’ One-Size-Fits-All Policy Fits None
“We must hear a response from you.” “You must fill out the following form.” HSLDA: You really must stop saying that.

Grad’s Job Offer Frozen While Company “Verifies” Diploma
This qualified graduate did everything right and got the job offer. Then the hospital got cold feet over her homeschool diploma.

The Future of Home Schooling: The Home Education Movement in Context, Practice, and Theory
Peabody Journal of Education, Vol. 75, No. 1/2, pp. 233-255 (2000). ABSTRACT: A review of the history and drivers of the growth in homeschooling

Nannies in Blue Berets: Understanding the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Legal Analysis
2 Regent J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 107 (2010). ABSTRACT: A review of the dangers posed by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to homeschool freedom, parental rights, and U.S. Sovereignty

The Human Right to Home Education
Journal of School Choice, 10, No. 3, pp. 283-296 (2016): ABSTRACT: An argument that the German Constitutional Court (FCC) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) have ignored the human right to home education by upholding the German ban of the practice

 HSLDA Research

How Today’s Homeschoolers are Doing on the SAT
The results are in—and should be encouraging to homeschooling parents!

Progress Report 2009: Homeschool Academic Achievement and Demographics
The latest homeschool academic achievement study finds that, on average, homeschoolers scored significantly higher than their public school counterparts on standardized achievement tests.

Summary of Academic Statistics on Homeschooling
Many studies over the last few years have established the academic excellence of homeschooled children.

Homeschooling Grows Up
HSLDA’s synopsis of a new research study on adults who were homeschooled, conducted by Dr. Brian D. Ray. (2003)

The Fourth Amendment's Impact on Child Abuse Investigations
By Michael P. Farris President, Patrick Henry College & General Counsel, Home School Legal Defense Association

Home Schooling Achievement
Reporting relevant data about the results of home schooling in a brief and easily accessible manner.

Home Schooling Works!
Findings of an independent study by Lawrence M. Rudner, Ph.D., Director of the ERIC Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation. (1999)

Home Education Across the United States
Study on home schooling, conducted by Dr. Brian D. Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute. (1997)

The Boundaries of Parental Authority: A Response to Rob Reich of Stanford University

HSLDA’s Issue Library

 Other Publications

The Home School Researcher
A journal published quarterly with recent research on home school education. For more information contact the National Home Education Research Institute.

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 Research on the Internet

Compulsory School Attendance: What Research Says and What It Means for State Policy
A study on the effects of compulsory attendance age on graduation and school attendance, conducted by Grover J. “Russ” Whitehurst & Sarah Whitfield

1.7 million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2012
National Center for Education Statistics: U.S. Department of Education

The Academic Success of Homeschooled Students in a South Carolina Technical College
A dissertation comparing the academic success of homeschool students enrolled in college versus their public school peers

1.5 Million Homeschooled Students in the United States in 2007
National Center for Education Statistics: U.S. Department of Education

Homeschooling in the United States: 2003
National Center for Education Statistics: U.S. Department of Education

Homeschooling in the United States: 1999
National Center for Education Statistics: U.S. Department of Education (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream
Home schooling is an effective alternative to the public school system (2001) (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

Home Schooling on the Threshold
A Survey of Research at the Dawn of the New Millennium by Dr. Brian Ray. (1999)