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Home-schooling popularity grows

February 1, 2009
Michael Smith

Recently, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), part of the Institute of Education Sciences under the U.S. Department of Education, released a study on home-schooling demographics. The first survey from the NCES on home-schooling was conducted in 1999, the next in 2003, and now the current survey, which is based on information compiled in 2007.

The 2007 survey estimates there are 1.5 million home-schooled children in the United States, representing 2.9 percent of the school-age population. This is up from 1.1 million in 2003, which represented 2.2 percent of the school-age population. In 1999, there were an estimated 850,000 home-schooled children, which means home-schooling has grown 74 percent since 1999, and 36 percent since 2003.

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