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A new trend, especially among the religious is to school children at home. Only 1%, or 2% in some states like WA go this route, but if they have one good income, the students get the advantage similar to a private tutor. Homeschooling links by state 1999

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@@Award z49\clip\2001\05\homegeo.txt Dennis Quan reports 5/01 4 home schoolers placed in top 10, 1 in 3rd place of National Geography Bee @@Black BLACK HOME SCHOOLERS UP FROM 1 TO 5 PERCENT IN 2003 http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/ z76\clip\2003\04\blackhom.txt Tuesday, April 29, 2003 Some black families opt for home schooling By Patrik Jonsson The Christian Science Monitor roughly 9.5 million African Americans are enrolled in public schools, about 120,000 are learning at home. But that's up from just a few thousand in 1998. In 1997, about 1 percent of home-schooled students were African American. Now, that figure is closer to 5 percent. Black Homeschool Movement visit with some bright-eyed black homeschoolers. Actually most of them(like most homeschoolers) call themselves "unschoolers" for they are not instructed at all. A good reference book is "Freedom Challenge African American homeschoolers" edited by Grace Llewellyn, 1996. @@Clinton \z41\clip\2000\05\clinhome.txt http://www.worldnetdaily.com/bluesky_fosterj_news/20000505_xnfoj_clinton_w a. shtml Friday, May 5, 2000 Clinton wants to 'organize' home schoolers 'Your children have to prove that they're learning on a regular basis' According to a 1998 study conducted by Dr. Lawrence M. Rudner, a veteran in quantitative analysis, students who are educated at home have consistently scored above the national average in standardized tests, Home-schooled children score in the 82 to 92 percentile ranking for reading and up to the 85th percentile in math. by the 8th grade, the average home school student performs four grade levels above the national average, the study shows. @@College z75\clip\2004\03\homecoll.txt College for the Home-Schooled Is Shaping Leaders for the Right New York Times March 8, 2004 By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK PURCELLVILLE, Va. - As one of 12 siblings taught at home by their parents in St. Croix Falls, Wis., Abram Olmstead knew he would fit right in at Patrick Henry College, the first college primarily for evangelical Christian home-schoolers. But what really sold him was the school's pipeline into conservative politics. Of the nearly 100 interns working in the White House this semester, 7 are from the roughly 240 students enrolled in the four-year-old Patrick Henry College, http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/08/education/08HOME.html?ex=1079740912&ei=1&en=c918a3547614cc2b @@Cyberschool Cyberschools threatens independence of home schoolers. @@Diploma www.NARSonline.com School in Maine will give you a diploma if you can document classes. @@General z50\clip\2001\07\homesch.txt Homeschoolers Estimated at 850,000 / 1.7 Percent http://www.cnn.com/2001/fyi/teachers.ednews/08/03/homeschool.ap/ WASHINGTON (AP) -- In the first detailed profile of homeschooled children, a government report reveals that most live in cities and have well-educated parents rearing a handful of children on one income. according to a study released this week by the Education Department. It calculates that 1.7 percent of American children were homeschooled in 1999, resulting in a total estimate higher than in the past. URL for this Article: http://interactive.wsj.com/archive/retrieve.cgi?id=SB950223885404935034.djm z39\clip\2000\02\homesch.doc Wall Street Journal February 11, 2000 Page One Feature Home-Schooled Kids Defy Stereotypes, Ace SAT Test By DANIEL GOLDEN Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL estimates 1-1.5 out of 50 million in homeschooling ACT higher scoring an average 22.7 last year, compared with 21 for their more traditional peers, on a scale of one to 36 SAT average 1,083 (verbal 548, math 535), 67 points above the national average of 1,016. Similarly, on the 10 SAT2 achievement tests most frequently taken by home-schoolers, they surpassed the national average on nine, including writing, physics and French. average family incomes of $40,000 to $50,000, lower than the $50,000-to-$60,000 median rung Nearly 4% are black. Another 4% are Hispanic. And their parents have more education than the national norm z39\doc\web\2000\01\homes.txt Fred Battey: There seems to be consensus that the total home schooling population is somewhere around 2% of total educational enrollment currently. If we apply the 21% growth rate, assuming if is sustained, against that 2% it can be seen that any significant erosion of the public school system is going to take a very long time. The State's first home-schooled children grow up Seattle Times Nov 7 1999 B2 AP Many of the state's nearly 20,000 home schooled children are moving to college and work. Greg and Patti Rains started in 1983. It was not legal until legislature passed law in 1985. Numbers increased to 4,000 3 yrs later. images: zip38\clipim\99\11\13\homesch.gif \clip\99\10\homeok.txt A Home Run for Home Schooling Movement Can Point to High Test Scores in National Study By Jay Mathews Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, March 24, 1999; Page A11 The students in the study took the Iowa Test of Basic Skills or the Tests of Achievement and Proficiency, depending on their grade level, and their median scores for various grade levels were mostly in the 70th to 80th percentile among all the students nationwide who took those exams. The report also said that at least 25 percent of home-schooled students were studying at a level one or more grades above normal for their age. BRACEY DEBUNKS HOMESCHOOL STUDY \doc\web\99\05\homesc.txt Points out kids are much more affluent than average US family. 3/98 HOME SCHOOLING GAINING IN WA STATE http://www.seattletimes.com/news/education/html98/trig_032298.html \clip\98\06\homesch.txt Seattle Times Sunday, March 22, 1998 Home sweet school by Katherine Long Seattle Times Snohomish County bureau Home schoolers are only about 1% nationally, 2% state wide. Early opponents feared parents send their children to work on the family farm, but few stories of harm today. Relatively few go to the Univ of WA, only five admitted directly, SPU, private religious school admitted 18 of 26, 2 were national merit finalists. [many home schoolers are religious, not mentioned in article] 1.2 million nationally, 3 times that of 1990. Some say their qualifications are high. Many go to college years earlier than public or private school, with only parent given grades, they sometimes need extra SAT II achievement tets, and get a more thorough review. Proponents say it is like a private tutor. According to Home School Legal Defence Association, 90% of home schooling parents are one-income families, usually with the mother. EDUCATION WEEK PAPER http://www.edweek.org/context/topics/home.htm \clip\97\21\home.htm \clip\97\23\homesc.txt http://www.onwis.com/news/1006home.stm Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Number of home schooled students by district State's home schooling leaps 80% Trend raises concerns at DPI By Mike Johnson of the Journal Sentinel October 6, 1997 HOME SCHOOLERS SCORE BETWEEN 80-87TH PERCENTILE = BEST PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOLS \CLIP\97\18\HOMESCH.TXT THE WALL STREET JOURNAL WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 1997 Solid Evidence to Support Home Schooling By: Michael P. Farris "Home-school students score significantly higher on standardized achievement tests than their public-school counterparts do. While by definition public school students average at the 50th percentile on standardized tests, this nationwide study conducted by Brian Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute, reveals that home schoolers have average scores between the 80th and 87th percentiles on every subtest (including reading, listening, language, math, science, social studies and study skills). \The average score on the basic battery of skills is in the 85th percentile, while the average complete battery score is in the 87th percentile -- a phenomenal 37-percentile differential." "Ethnic minorities make up 5% of home-school students, and home schooled minorities and whites both score on average in the 87th percentile on reading tests. In public schools, however, whites significantly outpace minorities in reading scores (whites: 57th percentile; blacks: 28th percentile; Hispanics: 28th percentile). In public schools, the disparity in math scores is huge: 58th percentile for whites; 24th percentile for blacks; and 29th percentile for Hispanics. " NHERI Home Page Learn@Home Home Page Home Education Research FACT SHEET I A nationwide study (Ray, 1990), using a random sample of 1,516 families from one organization's membership, found home educated students to be scoring, on average, at or above the 80th percentile in all areas on standardized achievement tests. Note: The national average on standardized achievement tests is the 50th percentile. Wartes (1989) found that home school students in Washington consistently score at the 66th percentile on the Stanford Achievement Test, with their strongest scores in science, listening, vocabulary, and word reading. Home education students in Montana scored at the 72nd percentile on standardized achievement tests (Ray, 1990). The State of Tennessee (1988) reported that the home educated in that state averaged about the 83rd percentile in reading and about the 77th percentile in math on standardized achievement tests. The state of Oregon (1988) found that 73% of the home school students who were tested scored above average. Note: The national average is for 50% to score above average. The research findings are consistent that the home educated do equal to or better than conventional school students on achievement tests. HOME SCHOOLED: NO DIFFERENCE FOR RACE OR PARENTAL EDUCATION ?! http://www.cjnetworks.com/~check/nheri-st.htm HOME EDUCATION ACROSS THE UNITED STATES An Executive Summary provided by Home School Legal Defense Association March 1997 Dr. Brian D. Ray, president of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), provides some answers. This study, Strengths of Their Own: Home Schoolers Across America, collected data on 5,402 home school students from 1,657 families for the 1994-95 and 1995-96 academic years. It is the largest and most comprehensive study on home schooling ever undertaken. The study also shows that home schooling parents' educational level has no practical significant effect on their children's academic performance. For public school students, however, a parents' educational level does affect their child's performance. In eighth grade math, public school students whose parents are college graduates score at the 63rd percentile, whereas students whose parents have less than a high school diploma score at the 28th percentile. Math and reading scores for minority home schoolers show no significant difference when compared to whites. However, a similar comparison for public school students demonstrates a substantial disparity. Ed Facts ACTION: To order a copy of "Strengths of Their Own -- Home Schoolers Across America: Academic Achievement, Family Characteristics, and Longitudinal Traits," contact the National Home Education Research Institute, P.O. Box 13939, Salem, Ore. 97309; (503) 364-1490; e-mail: mail@nheri.org. To contact the Home School Legal Defense Association, call (540) 338-5600. Even when homeschooling moms are not high school graduates, their kids still score 33 points higher on standardized tests than the average public school student. Homeschooling virtually eliminates the gap between public-schooled minorities' academic performance and that of their white peers. Press Release on Book Strengths of Their Own--Home Schoolers Across America: Academic Achievement, Family Characteristics, and Longitudinal Traits. Strengths of Their Own is an engaging comprehensive report--on Dr. Ray's new nationwide study--that includes statistics, analyses, and a powerful declaration about home education's benefits to children, families, and society. @@Illegal z48\clip\2001\02\hometruan.txt http://www.family.org/cforum/fnif/news/A0014714.html February 8, 2001 Ky. Judge Orders Home-Schooled Teen to Public School, Or Else By Mark Cowan, correpsondent The mother of a 13-year-old Kentucky girl is under threat of jail if the child has even one unexcused absence from school. The case pits a judge against a mother's desire to home-school. @@income LOWER INCOMES HIGHER TEST SCORES z39\clip\2000\02\homesch.doc Wall Street Journal February 11, 2000 Page One Feature Home-Schooled Kids Defy Stereotypes, Ace SAT Test By DANIEL GOLDEN Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL On SAT, despite high score, average family incomes of $40,000 to $50,000, lower than the $50,000-to-$60,000 median rung @@Jokes South Park in 1999 featured homeschoolers as the wierd kids who did really well in the spellling bee, their dad got tied up with duct tape just like his kid. You Know You're a Home Schooler When.. Top 20 reasons to home school @@Lobby HOMESCHOOL MOMS LOBBY AGAINST NATIONAL TESTING z41\clip\2000\05\wsjtest.txt Page One Feature -- WSJ Interactive Edition.htm Mon, 24 Apr 2000 A Powerful Lobbying Force, Parents Campaign Through Phone, Fax By DANIEL GOLDEN Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL @@President z45\doc\web\2000\09\gwhomes.txt GW Bush supports home schooling @@Race Mostly white, but not all by any means. z50\clip\2001\08\homemalk.txt http://www.washtimes.com/commentary/20010813-9722410.htm August 13, 2001 Publik skool bigotz Twenty-five percent of home school families are minorities: 9.9 percent are black, 9.1 percent are Hispanic, and 5.8 percent are "other." Michelle Malkin z39\clip\2000\02\homesch.doc Wall Street Journal February 11, 2000 Page One Feature Home-Schooled Kids Defy Stereotypes, Ace SAT Test By DANIEL GOLDEN Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL On SAT Nearly 4% are black. Another 4% are Hispanic. And their parents have more education than the national norm @@Regulation z45\clip\2000\09\ALTWAC.doc z45\clip\2000\09\altwac1.txt 2000 draft of the Public School Alternative Learning Codes. @@Rights The Special Ed Advocate A site which looks out for abuses and failure of Special education, such as examples of children who are pulled out only to fall even further behind, pointers to law library and legal rights guide. @@Robots Author: Stuart Shepard URL: http://www.family.org/cforum/fnif/news/a0012545.html Homeschoolers have been collecting trophies in the national spelling bee and the geography bee. Now they have a big trophy for robotics. "Our robot is about 12 inches long, it's got a basket that flips out by rubber-band power," said 16-year-old Chris Ghigliotti. (8/11/00) @@Online http://www.homeschool.com/childu/default.asp The Learning Odyssey $20 month for online curriculum @@Opinion @@Spelling link According to an article by John Lang for the SHNS that appears on 11A of today's Raleigh News & Observer, the top three winners in this year's Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee were all home-schoolers @@Survey TIME COVER STORY SAYS IT IS A THREAT TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS z50\clip\2001\08\homesch.txt http://www.time.com/time/covers/1101010827/cover.html Home Sweet School The new home schoolers aren't hermits. They are diverse parents who are getting results and putting the heat on public schools By John Cloud and Jodie Morse the average SAT score for home schoolers in 2000 was 1100, compared with 1019 for the general population. And a large study by University of Maryland education researcher Lawrence Rudner showed that the average home schooler scored in the 75th percentile on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills; the 50th percentile marked the national average. ' z50\clipim\2001\08\08\homeschoole6.pdf National Center for Education Statistics Homeschooling in the United States 1999 Top reasons for homeschooling: 1 Reasons for homeschooling homeschooled students Percent 2 Can give child better education at home 415,000 48.9 3.79 3 Religious reasons 327,000 38.4 4.44 4 Poor learning environment at school 218,000 25.6 3.44 5 Family reasons 143,000 16.8 2.79 6 To develop character/morality 128,000 15.1 3.39 7 Object to what school teaches 103,000 12.1 2.11 9 School does not challenge child 98,000 11.6 2.39 10 Other problems with available schools 98,000 11.5 2.20 11 Student behavior problems at school 76,000 9.0 2.40 12 Child has special needs/disability 69,000 8.2 1.89 13 Transportation/convenience 23,000 2.7 1.48 14 Child not old enough to enter school 15,000 1.8 1.13 @@Test Scores Wartes (1989) found that home school students in Washington consistently score at the 66th percentile on the Stanford Achievement Test, with their strongest scores in science, listening, vocabulary, and word reading. Home education students in Montana scored at the 72nd percentile on standardized achievement tests (Ray, 1990). The State of Tennessee (1988) reported that the home educated in that state averaged about the 83rd percentile in reading and about the 77th percentile in math on standardized achievement tests. The state of Oregon (1988) found that 73% of the home school students who were tested scored above average. Note: The national average is for 50% to score above average. %%ACT HOMESCHOOLERS 22.8 VS. 21 NATIONAL ON ACT z45\clip\2000\08\homeact.txt August 22, 2000 Home schoolers No. 1 on college-entrance test By Andrea Billups THE WASHINGTON TIMES While the average ACT assessment score was 21 nationally, home-educated students scored an average of 22.8 yet another academic benchmark that has given the movement increasing credibility and attention. Here is this week's issue of Ed Facts. To see the on-line version, please visit: http://www.frc.org/subscribe/docs/ed23j.html HOMESCHOOLERS PASS THE TEST The American College Test (ACT) reports that homeschoolers had a higher average composite score than other students who took the ACT during the 1997-98 school year. The 2,610 homeschool students who took the test had an overall average of 22.8 on the four-subject test, while the national average for all students was 21.0. Homeschoolers scored higher on the English, Reading, and Science Reasoning portions of the test, and lagged only slightly on the Math subject area (20.5 as compared to a national average of 20.8). @@Union NEA OPPOSES HOME SCHOOLING http://www.nea.org/resolutions/99/99b-67.html NEA 1999-2000 Resolutions B-67. Home Schooling The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools.