CNSNews and other sources ar reporting that homeschoolers scored above the national average on the ACT.
“The national average for 2009 graduating high schoolers reported by ACT (American College Testing) officials is 21.1 on a scale from 1 to 36. Homeschoolers scored a national average of 22.5.
Like the SAT, ACT scores are used in the college admissions process to evaluate applicants. Virtually all colleges accept either test, Ed Colby, spokesman for the ACT, told CNSNews.com.
Scores are based on the 1.48 million students who graduated in 2009, Colby said. Among those students were 11,535 homeschoolers, he said.”
College readiness and higher-than-average test scores for homeschoolers are usually attributed to the one-on-one attention, individualization of their course of study, and high degree of self-motivated/directed learning amongst a large percentage of homeschooled students.
Some folks feel that the comparison is not fair. After all, homeschooling tends to self-select for dedicated and engaged parents- a factor amongst all students that contributes to academic success. The average score for public schooled students includes those whose parents are apathetic about their children’s education. But the fact remains- the concerns of those who believe that homeschooling deprives a child of educational quality and opportunity are misplaced. Their concern should instead be aimed at the children who fall through the cracks in the system every day, whose parents simply shuffle their kids off to school without proper clothing or nutrition, adequate supplies, or completed assignments.