Homeschooling on the Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Homeschooling on the Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

Homeschooling is a legal instructional option in all 50 states and national homeschooling rates grew rapidly from 1999 to 2012 but had since remained steady at around 3.3%.

However, the global COVID-19 pandemic has sparked new interest in homeschooling and the appeal of alternative school arrangements has suddenly exploded.

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So, how significantly have homeschooling rates increased during the pandemic?

The U.S. Census Bureau’s experimental Household Pulse Survey, the first data source to offer both a national and state-level look at the impact of COVID-19 on homeschooling rates, shows a substantial increase from last spring — when the pandemic took hold — to the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

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  • Meeting education, health needs
  • Differences by race and Hispanic origin
  • Differences by state
  • Differences by metro area

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