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by William Estrada
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A Homeschool Study in Your Mailbox

You may have recently received a survey from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics called the National Household Education Study (NHES). The purpose of this study is to find out where and how students in the United States are being educated.

Federal Relations Director Will Estrada

Beginning in 1999, the NHES incorporated a homeschool component, known as “Homeschooling in the United States.” It repeated the homeschooling study in 2003 and 2007. All three of these studies have been very useful in demonstrating the growth and reasons for homeschooling. You may view the results of these studies on our research webpages.

Because the NHES is not mandatory, there is no requirement that you or your family respond. However, we do not believe that there is any threat to your homeschool freedom if you participate in this study. (Participation is anonymous. To create the sample population for this study, the U.S. Department of Education randomly selected household addresses from the U.S. Postal Service’s database of every address in the nation.)

The National Center for Education Statistics outlines the study’s goals and methodology:

The chief goal of the National Household Education Study (NHES) is to describe Americans’ educational experiences, thereby offering policymakers, researchers, and educators a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States. The NHES is unique among Department of Education studies in that it collects information on school choice, parent involvement in education, early childhood education and other topics directly from parents of public, private and homeschooled children. To monitor educational trends over time, NHES conducts repeated measurements of the same phenomena in different years. The 2012 collection will start in January and end in late June. More information on the study and reports from past data collections can be found at http://nces.ed.gov/nhes/index.asp.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the HSLDA Federal Relations Department at federalrelations@hslda.org or 540-338-5600.