NewsThu Aug 27, 2009 - 12:15 pm EST
Homeschoolers Beat National Average on ACT Test
PURCELLVILLE, Va., August 25, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Recently, ACT published its results for 2009. Like the SAT, the ACT is a nationally administered, standardized test that helps colleges evaluate candidates. On a scale of 1-36 homeschoolers scored an average of 22.5, which beat the national average of 21.1. "This is a remarkable achievement and shows that homeschool parents are successfully preparing their children for college," said Michael Smith, president of HSLDA.
According to ACT officials, research shows that high achievement on the ACT strongly indicates a "greater likelihood of success in college." Success on the ACT test also reveals that the courses taken by high school students to prepare for college have been effective.
A total of 1.48 million students took the ACT in 2009 which included 11,535 homeschoolers or just under 1 percent of the total.
The new ACT results also support the numerous studies which show that homeschoolers are out-performing their public school peers in K-12. The latest study from the National Home Education Research Institute shows that the average homeschooler scores 37 percentile points higher on standardized achievement test than the average public schooled student.
It has always been the position of homeschool advocates that the one-on-one instruction provided by dedicated parents is a more effective way to educate children. It's also much cheaper.
The average public school spends $10,000 per child per year whereas the average homeschooler spends $500 per child per year. Homeschooling is also growing rapidly. The National Center for Education Statistics, part of the Federal Department of Education, estimates that homeschooling is growing at around 7% per year.
Due to the success and growth of the homeschool movement Washington Post education columnist Jay Mathews recently concluded that, "Homeschooling is the sleeping giant of the American education system."