Study: Homeschoolers Creaming Other Students on the SAT

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In early June, Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute released findings on how homeschool students match up against other students on the SAT exam. The results in the table below show that homeschool students are far outpacing their traditional school counterparts, particularly in the areas of reading and writing.

Last year, a number of news organizations reported that students in traditional schools were bombing the SAT left and right. Bloomberg created several historical charts showing SAT trends all the way back to 1972. As the reading graph below shows, the scores of today’s homeschoolers far exceed those of students in traditional school even before these scores began to tank. 

Because of plummeting trends like these, testing industries like the SAT have sought to make their exams easier because so many students are struggling to get decent scores.

But if young homeschool students don’t seem to be having any trouble with the exams – and even seem to be achieving historically high scores – is it really a good idea lower the SAT bar?


Is it possible that traditional schools are failing to impart the well-rounded course of knowledge which their students need in order to keep up with the homeschooled ones?

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