Federal Report Tracks Increase in Number of Home Schoolers
The number of home schoolers in the United States increased from 850,000 students to 1,096,000 students, or by 29 percent, between 1999 and 2003, concludes a report by the National Center for Education Statistics.
The updated figure for 2003 represents 2.2 percent of all school-age children in the United States. In 1999, 1.7 percent of school-age children were estimated to be taught at home. The report also found that 2.7 percent of white children were home schooled in 2003, compared with 1.3 percent for African-American children and 0.7 percent for Hispanic children.