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Homeschooling

The Homeschool Effect

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The Homeschool Effect


By Rodger Williams
July 5, 2014


Home educated students have long been recognized by research as scoring substantially higher than expected, on average, on nationally normed achievement tests. We will take a deeper look at the mechanics of how that works out in practice.

The students we consider here are all privately home educated. The family budget supplies the money for that education. Parents control the education process and the curriculum. These parents have willingly chosen to homeschool and are prepared to pay the personal price to do so.

Our data source is state-mandated, nationally-normed tests administered to Oregon homeschool students. Home educating parents are required to have their students tested by qualified neutral testers. It is the legally-required test score results that we analyze here.


Homeschool standardized test results
Test publishers "norm" standardized tests by trying them out on representative samples of students and then grading such that one percent of the students are expected to fall in each of 100 groups, called percentiles. So ten of those percentiles grouped together should have 10% of the students. E.g., 10% of the students would be expected to score in the 1-10 range, 10% should score in the 11-20 range, etc.

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