Homeschooling is centuries-old, and has been widely practiced in modern society for several decades. It is no longer new, lending credibility to the process and allowing years of research to accumulate and substantiate its successes. With decades of graduates under their belts, successful homeschool parents have proudly shared their stories. Their graduates, now in the workforce in the U.S. and all around the globe, have had time to prove themselves as well, demonstrating the wisdom and logic of their parents’ decisions so many years ago.
What have these tales told and numbers shown? The stories are consistent. They tell that homeschoolers come out ahead. Not just holistically, as in some overall happiness factor (which is reported anecdotally, too), but in quantifiable measures, like test scores and money awarded for college.
Looking at test scores, for instance, homeschooled students consistently rank at the top of the nation’s standardized test takers. One study completed by the National Home Education Research Institute and published in the Academic Achievement Journal concluded that homeschoolers taking the Iowa or California Achievement Test scored in the 84-89th percentile when measured against public schoolers averaging in 50th percentile. In another study at a Minnesota college, homeschooled graduates attending the college earned higher GPAs than the other students there. These are superior, measurable results — similar to other numbers found in many other studies as well.
Completion rates are another area where homeschoolers top statistics. Graduates from homeschool don’t just enter college with more early credits than other graduates, but they boast a higher graduation rate, too. Though the causes are not exactly known, superior study habits, a solid work ethic, an ongoing support system plus mastering how to learn are more than likely major factors in contributing to homeschool success.
It is beyond the scope of this post to summarize all of the research to date; however, a report on this topic is available from this author (click sidebar). Those wishing to learn more should also consult organizations like the National Home Education Research Institute and publishers of national educational data, such as the U.S. Department of Education and the United States Bureau of the Census.