Homeschoolers in America proved to score decisively better on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) than their peers in conventional public and private schools, outperforming the national average by more than 100 points.
The National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) published its recent findings showing that homeschoolers are more than academically competitive with students attending brick-and-mortar schools across America — they are far superior.
The study included the results of 13,549 homeschool seniors who took the SAT in 2014 and compared their results with all high school seniors in the United States who also took College Board-administered reasoning test designed to assess college-bound students in writing, mathematics and critical reading.
Overall, approximately 1.7 million American students — mostly high school seniors and juniors — participated in the SAT in 2014. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) reports that the SAT and ACT are considered to make up the vast majority of college entrance exams administered to students in the U.S.
The results speak for themselves
After tallying up the statistics, NHERI divulged that homeschoolers registered significantly higher marks in all three categories measured.
Home educated students scored an average of 567 in critical reading, compared to the 497 national average for high school seniors — a difference of 70 points.
Homeschoolers also outperformed the average high school senior in mathematics 521–513, boasting an 8-point advantage.
In the final area, writing, homeschooled seniors scored 535, next to a considerably lower 487 national average — nearly 50 points higher.
Overall, across the three disciplines, homeschool seniors scored 126 points higher than the national average (1,623 to 1,497) — a marked accomplishment considering that the 96–97 percent of students in America who do not homeschool receive their education from mostly credentialed teachers.
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Michael F. Haverluck