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HSLDA Media Release
August 17, 2000

ACT scores show home schoolers ready for college

For immediate release
August 17, 2000
Contact: Rich Jefferson
(540) 338-8663 or

PURCELLVILLE, VA—This year’s ACT scores demonstrate again that home schoolers are better prepared than many high school graduates for the academic challenges of higher education.

Scores released August 17, 2000, revealed that home schoolers had a national composite score of 22.8, while traditional school students had a national composite score of 21. The ACT test has a scale of 1-36.

According to ACT officials, research shows that high achievement on the ACT strongly indicates a “greater likelihood of success in college.” Success on the ACT test also reveals that the courses taken by high school students to prepare for college have been effective.

“Parents are doing a great job of educating their own children,” said J. Michael Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association. “This explains why many highly-selective colleges are recruiting their complement of home schoolers. This year has been a banner year for home school achievement.”

Home schoolers placed first, second, and third place in the 2000 Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee this past May. The first place winner in the spelling bee, George Thampy of St. Louis, also finished second in the 2000 National Geography Bee sponsored by the National Geographic Society held the week before. Both competitions were held in Washington, D.C.

ACT, Inc., was formerly known as the American College Testing assessments.

The number of home schoolers taking the ACT increased from last year’s 3,200 to more than 4,600 in 2000, a 43 percent jump.

Traditional school students nationally scored 21 in 1998 and 1999. Home school students scored 22.8 and 22.7, respectively, in those same years.

State statistics are posted at

The Home School Legal Defense Association, an organization with more than 65,000 member families nationwide, defends that right to home school in the courts and legislatures.