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Thursday, 22nd October 2009

State Policies on Homeschooling

State Policies on Homeschooling (PDF; 115 KB)
Source: Education Sector

For a variety of reasons, some parents choose to educate their children at home as an alternative to public schools. As of spring 2007, about 1.5 million, or 2.9% of all school-age children, were homeschooled, according to the U.S. Department of Educationís Condition of Education, 2009. The homeschooled population was 850,000 in 1999 and 1.1 million in 2003.

Although every state allows some form of homeschooling, most states do regulate it in some manner. This ECS StateNote identifies: (1) Educational qualifications for homeschool instructors; (2) testing or evaluation requirements for homeschooled students; (3) examples of state policy language pertaining to assessing homeschooled students; and (4) links to state department of education homeschool Web pages.


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