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Presenting Great Home School Conventions the place for everything about homeschooling in Flagstaff Arizona! Long time ago homeschooling was the top choice for many parents throughout the US. The practice is something that has been often criticize but the extreme left as it is well known that the best way to raise the a snow flake is to send them to public school. Nevertheless, before you criticize the practice be aware that a great number of geniuses have been homeschooled. For example, the jury note that before going to Harvard and becoming the 26th U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt was home-schooled.

These days the debate about the best environment for children to receive a quality education continues to get more intense. Many parents have lost confidence in charter schools. Nevertheless home schooling, while still fringe, is gaining popularity, and many studies have even shown that kids that are home-schooled perform better on things like SAT tests than the majority ofpublic school students. If properly structured homeschooling could be the best choice for your kids. At Great Home School Conventions you’re going to find some of the best curriculum necessary to get started with homeschooling the proper way.

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There are clear reasons why a homeschool program might not appeal to a lot of families. However, there are studies where the practice has been effective in creating successful, well educated and inquisitive adults. And although the liberal media continues to paint homeschooling as something less than desirable it is important to highlight that as per an Institute of Education Statistics report in the 2016-2017 calendar school year over 1.6 million chose homeschooling over public schools. Even with the statistics on the side of homeschooling it is important to point out note that homeschooling is not about liberals vs. Christians or charter schools vs. school vouchers but rather about the best indication options for children. At Great Home School Conventions we are aware of this and this why we are so focused on making sure that the families that choose to homeschool their kids have the right tools to make their homeschooling transition a success. As of late the majority families looking for Homeschooling in Rolling Hills Estates, CA or Homeschooling in Atwater, CA continue rate Great HomeSchool Conventions as the the authority for everything about homeschooling in Flagstaff Arizona. We would be immensely honored to provide you with the right materials to allow you to succeed in getting started with homeschooling. For several of those who visit our website are primarily interested in attending our homeschooling events which are now national events. For others it is about getting additional info. If this sounds like you we ask you to visit our blog.

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Yet Another Study Confirms The Effectiveness of Home Education

As far as I know, I first encountered homeschool graduates when I was on the faculty at Ball State University. The ones I met stood out, even in a crowded chemistry or physics classroom. The more I researched homeschooling, the more I came to learn that this was the norm. On average, homeschool graduates are better prepared for college than their peers (see hereherehere, and here, for example). As a result, I started working with homeschoolers, and I began to understand why my homeschool graduates at Ball State University stood out: Homeschooling is a superior form of education for most students.

The data continue to support this fact. Consider, for example, a study that was published in the March 2013 edition of Catholic Education. The author examined the academic records of 408 students at Ave Maria University, a Roman Catholic university in South Florida. It is a fairly young university, founded in 2003 by the same man who founded Domino’s Pizza. In my mind, it makes perfect sense that a pizza man would open a university. The two seem to go together! Specifically, the university was founded as a conservative alternative to some of the more liberal Roman Catholic universities that exist in the U.S. As a result, it attracts a lot of homeschoolers, most of whom are Roman Catholic.

In the sample the author studied, there were 137 public school graduates, 142 students who graduated from Catholic schools, and 129 homeschool graduates. The author compared four things among the three groups of students: SAT or ACT score, college grade point average (GPA), GPA by major, and GPA in the university’s “core” curriculum. The results are very interesting, and they demonstrate yet again that homeschooled students are simply better prepared for college than their publicly- and privately-schooled counterparts.[1]

First, the author looked at each student’s SAT or ACT score. While not perfect by any means, a student’s score on these college entrance exams is one measure of his or her preparation for college. After all, they are taken towards the end of the high school years, and they attempt to measure the student’s academic abilities before he or she enters college. The results are not surprising to anyone who knows the academic literature related to home education. On both the SAT and ACT, homeschooled students significantly outperformed the privately-schooled students, and the privately-schooled students outperformed the publicly-schooled students:

Graduated fromSAT ScoreACT Score
Public School1706.7624.22
Catholic School1761.0424.53
Homeschool1864.9426

The thing I notice about the numbers is how they really jump for the homeschooled students. Notice that the students who went to Catholic school scored roughly 55 points higher than the publicly-schooled students on the SAT and roughly 0.3 points higher on the ACT. The homeschooled students, however, scored roughly 160 points higher than the publicly-schooled students on the SAT and roughly 1.8 points higher on the ACT. So while private Catholic schools produced some increased performance on these college entrance exams, homeschools produced a significantly larger increased performance!
Of course, all the academic preparation in the world won’t do you much good if you can’t handle the other aspects of college. As a result, overall college GPA measures more than just a student’s academic preparation. It measures the student’s ability to adapt to the rigor of college academics, deal with the social issues that arise at college, handle an increased level of freedom, etc., etc. Once again, homeschool graduates fared the best in this measure:

Graduated fromOverall GPA
Public School2.66
Catholic School2.88
Homeschool3.14

And once again, you can see that while a private Catholic school produced a benefit in student GPA as compare to a public school, homeschools offered a significantly larger benefit (0.48 compared to 0.22).

Now unlike overall GPA and SAT/ACT scores, the next two measures could not be compared for all students in the study. In order to have completed the university’s “core” courses and started a major, the student had to be a junior or senior. As a result, the freshmen and sophomores were excluded in this part of the analysis. This reduced the sample size significantly (from 408 to 164). As you can see, while the pattern remains the same, the differences between the students have reduced significantly:

Graduated fromCore GPAMajor GPA
Public School2.973.07
Catholic School3.023.12
Homeschool3.113.2

Now because of the reduced sample size, none of the differences you see above are statistically significant. That means it’s possible the differences you see in the numbers are the result of random chance and not a difference in the schooling that the students experienced. However, they do match the statically-significant trends of SAT/ACT scores and overall GPAs, so they may be real. If they are real, they may indicate that as a student adapts to college (remember, the students in this part of the study were juniors and seniors), the quality of their college preparation becomes less important in determining their success.

Regardless of whether or not you can conclude anything from the “core” GPAs and the major GPAs, the other two measures in this study add to the growing list of data that point to one very clear conclusion: Homeschooled students are, on average, much better prepared for college than their peers.

Relax, homeschool moms. You’ve got this!

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Notes

  1. Marc Snyder, “An Evaluative Study of the Academic Achievement of Homeschooled Students Versus Traditionally Schooled Students Attending a Catholic University,” Catholic Education, March 2013, pp.288-308. (available online)

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