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"Concerns about the quality of education offered to the kids by their parents can surely be put to rest by the consistently high placement of homeschooled kids on standardized assessment exams," writes EN's Julia Lawrence. "Data shows that those who are independently educated typically score between 65th and 89th percentile on such exams, while those attending traditional schools average on the 50th percentile."
So what kind of parents opt to homeschool their kids? A survey from the mid-2000s conducted by the National Center for Eduction Statistics found that certain stereotypes of homeschoolers as religious zealots is off the mark (though not entirely inaccurate). The top reason cited by parents who opted to educate their kids was "concern about the environment of other schools including safety, drugs, or negative peer pressure" (one might add bullying in 2013). However, the second most cited reason was indeed, "to provide religious or moral instruction."
Source: Politix | Dain Fitzgerald