The U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) defines “homeschooled children” as “Children ages 5-17 in grades equivalent to at least kindergarten and not higher than 12th grade who receive instruction at home instead of at a public or private school either all or most of the time.” Using this definition, the NCES estimated that approximately 3.4% of the school-age population was homeschooled during the 2011-2012 school year. According to the website FamilyEducation.com, 2015 general estimates agree that “the number of homeschooled children in the United States is somewhere between 900,000 and 2,000,000. Those with a pro-homeschool view would like to lean toward the higher end of the range while those with an anti-homeschool bias would tend to lend credence toward the lower end of the range.” (Read more on FamilyEducation: http://school.familyeducation.com/home-schooling).
In 2015, the Coalition for Responsible Homeschool Education (CRHE) estimated there were approximately 1.8 million school-age American students attending homeschools.
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