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Home Education Across the United States
Is Government Regulation Necessary for High Achievement?
     The degree of governmental regulation from state to state has no significant effect on the academic performance of home schoolers. Whether a state imposes a high degree of regulation (i.e., notification, standardized testing, professional evaluations, curriculum approval, teacher qualifications, home visits, etc.) or no regulation, home school student test score averages are identical — the 86th percentile for both segments (Figure 10.1). Legitimate questions may be asked concerning the purpose of such regulations since there is no apparent effect on student learning.
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Footnote: * See Ray (1997) for more detail about the non-equal-interval nature of a simple percentile scale which has distortion especially near the ends of the scale.

Copyright © 1997 Brian D. Ray & HSLDA
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