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Learning at Home

By the Numbers

With COVID-19 forcing schools around the world to adopt modified in-person, hybrid, or fully online instruction, the idea of homeschooling is gaining momentum.

While the concept of teaching children at home is certainly not new, a growing number of parents are exploring and evaluating educational options for their children.

A mother and child do a science experiment at home.

15 to 30

The number of percentile points that home-educated students scored higher than public-school students on standardized tests, based on a 2015 study.

A close up image shows a hand bubbling in answers as they take a test.

Higher scores were achieved regardless of family income or parents’ educational status.

Source: nheri.org/research-facts-on-homeschooling

3

The number of states—Illinois, Louisiana, and Minnesota—that offer homeschool families a state tax credit on their income taxes.

Three images of the states of Illinois, Louisiana and Minnesota colored in blue.

Taxpayers spend an average of $11,732 per pupil annually in public schools, plus capital expenditures; taxpayers spend nothing on most homeschool students.

Sources: southeasthomeschoolexpo.com/tax-deduction-for-homeschoolers and nheri.org/research-facts-on-homeschooling

2 to 4

The estimated number of hours spent remote learning (although the number varies significantly).

A black and white clock, a pencil holder full of colored pencils and a pile of colored notebooks sitting on a white background.

The Illinois State Board of Education recommends that kindergarteners spend thirty to ninety minutes a day in distance learning, with time increasing to a maximum of four hours a day for high school kids. While students typically spend six to seven hours a day attending in-person public or charter schools, much of that time is spent on activities other than learning.

Source: sheknows.com/parenting/articles/2218929/how-many-hours-homeschooling-per-day

145

The number of countries where schools were closed on 20 March 2020

An empty classroom full of wooden desks and a chalk whiteboard with a large window.

The schools were closed to protect children from the spread of coronavirus, affecting the education of more than 900 million children.

Source: en.unesco.org/covid19/educationresponse

2.5 million

The approximate number of students homeschooled in grades K–12 in the United States prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

An overhead view of two people working on math

That number represents between 3 and 4 percent of all school-age children. The number of children being homeschooled has grown between 2 and 8 percent over the past few years.

Source: nheri.org/research-facts-on-homeschooling

$700-$1,800

The average cost to homeschool one child per school year.

A glass jar full of one and five dollar bills.

This cost includes curriculum, school supplies, field trips, and extracurricular activities.

Source: time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/how-much-does-homeschooling-cost

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