The homeschool population is growing at a rate of 2 to 8 percent per annum, with 2.2 million students being educated at home, as of 2015. Roughly 15 percent of homeschool families are non-white.
Students who are homeschooled usually score 15 to 30 percentile points above public school students on standardized academic tests. This statistic of achievement holds no matter the parents' level of formal education. It's also not dependent on household income. Homeschooled students score above average on both ACT and SAT tests for college admissions.
Families who practice home-based education don't receive public resources for their children's schooling. This frees up roughly $24 billion in tax-funded public school resources.
Parents often give specific reasons for choosing to home-educate their children. Ninety-one percent do so because they're concerned about the environment in public schools. Another big factor is religious and moral instruction, with 64 percent citing religious grounds and 77 percent citing moral grounds.
Another dominant factor in choosing to homeschool is dissatisfaction with academic instruction in public schools. Seventy-four percent of parents cited this reason.
While 83 percent of homeschool families identify as white, 7 percent are Hispanic, and 5 percent are African-American. The remaining 2 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander.