EPI's weekly illustration of education data trends — January 25, 2017

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Homeschooling in the United States


Homeschooling continues to increase in the United States. Over the 13-year period betwen 1999 and 2012, the percentage of students who are homeschooled doubled from 1.7 to 3.4 percent. It is estimated that 1.8 million students were homeschooled in 2012.

Of those families that homeschooled their children, 83 percent were White and 89 percent were above low-income thresholds, and 91 percent did so due to a concern about the school environment, including safety, drugs, or negative peer pressure. Two-thirds of parents did so for religious reasons, and 77 percent for "moral instruction."

SOURCE: Redford, J., Battle, D., and Bielick, S. (2016). Homeschooling in the United States: 2012 (NCES 2016-096). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC.