Homeschool Boom

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that homeschooling has doubled in the past year



The U.S. Census Bureau has released data from what it calls an “experimental” Household Pulse Survey on the impact of COVID-19 on homeschooling rates. The survey shows a “substantial increase” from spring of 2020 to the start of the current school year. The survey-makers made sure their questioning was clear and that “households were reporting true homeschooling rather than virtual learning through a public or private school.” A link to the report is available below; first, a few items of interest:

– During April 23-May 5 of 2020, toward the end of last school year, “about 5.4% of U.S. households with school-aged children reported homeschooling”

– By the start of the current school year (Sept. 30-Oct. 12), “11.1% of households with school-age children reported homeschooling” — double

– In Black/African-American households, the proportion homeschooling increased from 3.3% last spring to 16.1% in the fall

– The homeschooling rate in Massachusetts jumped from 1.5% to 12.1% between last spring and fall

Time will tell if, after school systems return to business as usual, homeschooling sees a permanent boost. But with 11% of young families having experienced it, perhaps the practice will gain further acceptability.

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Barbara E. Rose is Web Editor of the NOR.

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