So, how many homeschoolers are there?Â Well, it depends on where you look, and what the rules areÂ at those places.Â
The best gauges of whether homeschooling is growing, or declining, are probably those states where some kind of official registration or notification is required, and even there ‘noncompliance’ can be a factor.Â
In oneÂ area of the countryÂ declineÂ is reported, while in another,Â growthÂ continues.
- Cumberland Times-News, Cumberland, Maryland, 20 July 2006, Mineral students exceed state attendance goalÂ Â Â Â
Marsh also must oversee the countyâ€™s home-school program, which seems to be dwindling in the county.
“We have 115 home-school students,” she told the board Tuesday. “Thatâ€™s a major reduction over the past few years. At one point, we had as many as 142 students who were home-schooled.”
- Triangle Business Journal, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1 August 2006,Â Wake County home school enrollment highest in stateÂ Â Â Â
Statewide, a record total of 33,690 home schools operated during the 2005-2006 school year, up nearly 7 percent from the previous year.
North Carolina officially legalized home instruction beginning in the 1985-1986 school year. Today, home school enrollment accounts for about 4 percent of the state’s students between the ages of 7 and 16.
It would be interesting to see a compilation of increase/decrease rates of the various states who have official notification compared to the relative ease/difficulty of homeschooling in each one.Â Â (no, there was nothing obvious about the subject at NHERI)