administered during the next five years or so,
another data point will be available for analysis and triangulation. At this point, it appears
that the estimate from the U.S. Department
of Education is an outlier compared to the
data from sixteen individual states.
My synthesis of available research and
empirical evidence is that the homeschool
population continued to grow in absolute
numbers and as a percentage of the school-age population from spring 2012 to spring
2016. In early 2016, I estimated there were
about 2. 3 million home-educated students
in the United States at that time, and that
the homeschool population had been continuing to grow at an estimated 2% to 8%
per annum over the previous few years. 10
From all indications (e.g., the data in this
report and other research), homeschooling
numbers are continuing to grow, and future
research will tell us more on this topic.
Dr. Brian Ray is president of the National
Home Education Research Institute (NHERI.
org). He has published numerous articles and
books, been repeatedly interviewed by major
media, served as an expert witness in court
cases, and testified to legislatures regarding
educational issues. Dr. Ray is a leading inter-
national expert in research on homeschool-
ing. He holds a Ph.D. in science education
from Oregon State University. Brian and
Betsy have been married 39 years and have
eight children, all of whom have been home-
schooled, and they have eight grandchildren.
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1. McQuiggan, Meghan; Megra, Mahi; & Grady,
Sarah. (2017, September). Parent and family involvement in education: Results from the National Household Education Surveys program of
2016: First look. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education. NCES 2017-102. Retrieved
September 26, 2017 from https://nces.ed.gov/
2. Some references to this study round it to
1.689 million and others to 1. 7 million.
3. Some references to this study round it to
1. 8 million.
4. Redford, Jeremy; Battle, Danielle; & Bielick, Stacey.
(2017, April). Homeschooling in the United States:
2012 (NCES 2016-096.REV) . National Center for
Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC. Retrieved April 17, 2017 from https://
5. Based on data retrieved October 6, 2017
6. The 13 states are AR, DE, FL, SD, MN, MT,
NE, NC, RI, UT, WA, WI, and WV.
7. The three other states are GA, OR, AZ (but
only Maricopa County).
8. Retrieved October 5, 2017 from https://nces.ed.gov/
fastfacts/ display.asp?id=372 and https://nces.ed
9. See, for example, this journal article: Ray,
Brian D. (2017). A Review of research on Homeschooling and what might educators learn? Pro-Posições, 28( 2), http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/1980
-6248-2016-0009 Retrieved September 4, 2017
10. Ray, Brian D. (2016, March 23). Research
facts on homeschooling. Retrieved October 6, 2017
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My synthesis of available
research and empirical
evidence is that the
continued to grow in