A relatively new report from the Institute of Education Sciences at the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows a dramatic 77 percent rise in the number of students who are being home schooled in the nation. In 1999 the report shows 850,000 students were being primarily or completely schooled at home. By 2007, the number had significantly increased to 1,508,000.
The figure below shows the percentage of school age kids made up of home schooled students for the three survey years of the study.
• Concern about the school environment,
• To provide religious or moral instruction, and
• Dissatisfaction with the academic instruction available at other schools.
More home schooling facts are found in a new USA Today article. The newspaper reports:
• The ratio of home-schooled boys to girls has shifted significantly. In 1999, it was 49% boys, 51% girls. Now boys account for only 42%; 58% are girls.
• 3.9% of white families home-school, up from 2% in 1999.
• 6.8% of college-educated parents home-school, up from 4.9% in 1999.