This is a fundamental change of life, and it’s astonishing that it’s so persistent.Nat Malkus, a senior fellow and deputy director of education policy at the American Enterprise Institute, regarding data that indicates home schooling is the country’s quickest-growing form of education.
Why It Matters: Home schooling rates ranked 51% higher in the 2022-2023 school year than in 2017-2018, according to available data from 32 states and D.C., collected and analyzed by The Washington Post. The data suggests that a large number of people have chosen to continue home schooling beyond the pandemic, which had caused many to transition to at-home learning. The analysis “is the most detailed look to date at an unprecedented period of growth in American home schooling,“ according to The Post. A few things worth noting about the data, which represents over 60% of the school-age population in the U.S.:
- D.C., New York, and South Dakota show the sharpest increase in home-school enrollment since the 2017-2018 academic year, with rates jumping 108% in D.C., 103% in N.Y., and 94% in S.D.
- New Mexico, Maryland, and Georgia show the least change.
- Data indicated no correlation between increased decisions to homeschool and school district quality, “as measured by standardized test scores,” according to The Post’s analysis.
Home schooling’s rise from fringe to fastest-growing form of education (The Washington Post)
by Emily Hooker, based in Texas