|HSLDA||December 4, 2003|
Homeschooling Maintains Academic Success
Homeschool Students Win National Merit Scholarships and Score Higher on College Entrance Exams
Homeschooling works! This statement concisely sums up homeschooling. The average homeschooler receives many benefits: from one-on-one tutoring to more efficient study time to closer family bonds. The most statistically established of these benefits is academic excellence. Here is a brief summary of some homeschooler achievements at the high school level.
Homeschoolers Earn National Merit Scholarships
Homeschoolers are making their presence known in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT® and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. Approximately 1.3 million initial entrants are screened per year.
Each year, about 16,000 students nationwide qualify as semifinalists. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced that 250 of 2004's semifinalists are homeschool students.
The National Merit Scholarship has also seen a dramatic increase of homeschoolers who place as finalists. Of the 248 homeschoolers among the 2003 semifinalists, 129 of these students advanced to finalist standing, receiving the National Merit Scholarship. As noted by Kate Grossman, a reporter with the Chicago Sun-Times, the number of homeschoolers receiving National Merit Scholarships has increased more than 500 percent: from 21 in 1995 to 129 in 2003.
Homeschoolers Score Higher on ACT and SAT College Entrance Exams
Homeschoolers continue to exhibit academic excellence on national averages for college admissions tests when compared to public school students.
The ACT college admission exam scores show homeschoolers consistently performing above the national average. In both 2002 and 2003, the national homeschool average was 22.5, while the national average was 20.8.
The College Board, which administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) also notes the above-average performance of homeschoolers. In 2002, homeschoolers averaged 1092, 72 points higher than the national average of 1020. In 2001, homeschoolers scored 1100 on the SAT, compared to the national average of 1019. (2003 homeschool statistics not yet available.)
Patick Henry College Freshman Show High Ranking
Patrick Henry College of Virginia serves as an example of the quality of homeschool students. Ninety-six percent of PHC's students have been homeschooled at some point in their education and the 2002 middle range of freshman SAT scores was 1200-1410 (includes 25th to 75th percentile). Compared with U.S. News and World Report's annual college rankings report (in which PHC was not included), PHC ranks second among Christian colleges in SAT scores in 2002.
The evidence that homeschoolers are academically excellent is nothing new, but further confirms that homeschooling works and is an enduring trend in education.