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Home School Legal Defense Association

P.O. Box 3000, Purcellville, VA 20134

For Immediate Release Contact: Ian Slatter
August 19, 2005 (540) 338-8663

Homeschool Average 22.5 – National Average 20.9

Purcellville VA – Newly released figures for the ACT college entrance exam show that homeschoolers have again scored above the national average. “Homeschoolers continue to excel academically,” said Michael Smith, President of the Home School Legal Defense Association.

The 8075 homeschool graduates who took the ACT college entrance exam this year comprised about 1 percent of those who took the exam.

According to ACT a 22.5 score is significantly higher than the national average and homechoolers have maintained their success over the eight year period they have taken the exam.

“Homeschoolers consistently score above the national average,” said ACT spokesman, Ed Colby.

Homeschooling is not a short-term phenomenon. It is growing between 7 and 15% per year and an estimated 2 million children are homeschooled. In addition, homeschoolers consistently score above their peers on standardized achievement tests. The new ACT scores confirm this trend.

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If your organization would like to schedule an interview with Michael Smith, please contact Ian Slatter, Director of Media Relations at (540) 338 8663 or via e-mail

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is a 22 year old, 80,000 member non-profit organization and the preeminent national association advocating the legal right of parents to homeschool their children.