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.
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.
Higher scores were achieved regardless of family income or parents’ educational status.
The number of states—Illinois, Louisiana, and Minnesota—that offer homeschool families a state tax credit on their income taxes.
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).
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.
The number of countries where schools were closed on 20 March 2020
The schools were closed to protect children from the spread of coronavirus, affecting the education of more than 900 million children.
The approximate number of students homeschooled in grades K–12 in the United States prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
The average cost to homeschool one child per school year.
This cost includes curriculum, school supplies, field trips, and extracurricular activities.