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March 5, 2012

NHERI Conducting Study on Achievements
of African-American Students


NHERI would like your help in any or all of three areas:

  • If you are an African-American single parent or couple with an African-American child between the ages of 9–14 who has been homeschooled all or most of his or her school years, please email NHERI, to participate in the study.
  • If you know of an African-American family who has a child either homeschooled or in public school who may want to participate, please ask them to contact NHERI,
  • Please consider making a donation to support NHERI’s research on this unique, landmark study. Any amount—$10, $25, $100—will help. Thank you!
“We have a passion for helping with good research on the topic of homeschooling, and NHERI is the leading organization doing that scholarly research since 1990. Please consider participating in and/or donating to their latest significant study—a study on the achievements of African-American students.”
J. Michael Smith, President, HSLDA

Dr. Brian Ray and the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) are currently conducting a groundbreaking study of African American students, examining the family lifestyle and academic achievement of black students in homeschools and conventional (e.g. public) schools.

No research like this has ever been done before, but is greatly needed! One professor, writing of African-Americans homeschooling their children claims, “Individualized atomistic decisions to school one’s child at home—while thoroughly understandable—cannot build momentum for the large scale transformations that are necessary."1

Dr. Ray’s response is this: “Is this true? Does not doing well for one’s children of color do well for all of society?”

This study will answer this question with sound, scholarly evidence.

Another academic and advocate of state regulation of homeschooling has alleged, “But neither do we have any evidence that it [homeschooling] succeeds,” and “ … an absence of evidence about the academic outcomes of homeschooling lead[s] to an argument in favor of regulating home schools …”2

NHERI’s current research on black children will be one of the most methodologically convincing studies ever done to answer regulation advocates. This study is considered solid in design, important, and groundbreaking by organizations and individuals such as National Black Home Educators and professors at both state and private universities.


1. Apple, Michael W. (2006, December 21). The complexities of black home schooling. From Retrieved first paragraph 5/25/07 online

2. Reich, Rob. (2005). Why home schooling should be regulated. In Bruce S. Cooper (Ed.), (2005), Homeschooling in full view: A reader. Greenwich, CT: Information Age Publishing, pp. 115 & 117.

 Other Resources

National Home Education Research Institute

HSLDA’s homeschool research webpages