Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Numerous studies may recommend that homeschooled students on average outperform their peers on standardized tests.[33] Homeschooling Achievement, a compilation of studies published by the Home School Legal Defense Association, supported the academic integrity of homeschooling. This booklet summarized a 1997 study by Ray and the 1999 Rudner study.[34] The Rudner study noted limitations of its own research: it is not necessarily representative of all homeschoolers and it is not a comparison with other schooling methods.[35] Among the homeschooled students who took the tests, the average homeschooled student outperformed his public school peers by 30 to 37 percentile points across all subjects. The study also indicates that public school performance gaps between minorities and genders were virtually non-existent among the homeschooled students who took the tests.[36]

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A study conducted in 2008 found that 11,739 homeschooled students, on average, scored 37 percentile points above public school students on standardized achievement tests.[37] This is consistent with the Rudner study (1999). However, Rudner has said that these same students in public school may have scored as well because of the dedicated parents they had.[38] The Ray study also found that homeschooled students who had a certified teacher as a parent scored percentile lower than homeschooled students who did not have a certified teacher as a parent.[37]

In 2011 Martin-Chang found that unschooling children ages 5รข��10 scored significantly below historicallyin the past educated children, while academically oriented home schooled children scored from half grade level above to four.5 grade levels above historicallyin the past schooled children on standardized tests (n=37 home schooled children matched with children from the same socioeconomic and educational background).[39]

In the 1970s Raymond S. and Dorothy N. Moore conducted federally funded analyses of over 8,000 early childhood studies, from which they published their original findings in Better Late Than Early, 1975. This was followed by School Can Wait, a repackaging of these same findings designed specifically for educational professionals.[40] They concluded that, "where feasible, children ought to be withheld from formal schooling until at least ages eight to0."

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