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US Homeschooling K-12 Numbers Grow to 2.04 Million in 2010

Statistics quoted by the National Center for Education Statistics and the National Home Education Research Institute tell the same story: homeschooling numbers are on the rise. The reasons for homeschooling vary from preference for religious instruction to finances, travel and distance. Also, new technologies and software have enabled more and more homeschooling parents to use online curriculum programs, including DreamBox Learning math and its Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ engine that empowers rigorous mathematical thinking for students as early as Pre-School.

K-12 increased 74% between 1999 and 2007. Although currently only 4% of all school children nationwide are educated at home, the number of primary schoolers whose parents choose to forgo traditional schooling is growing seven times faster than the number of kids enrolling in K-12 every year.

The homeschooled may soon become home teachers.The National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) expects numbers of homeschooled students choosing to homeschool their own children to increase. Projections are based on trends and projections revealing that people who were homeschooled in the 1990s may be homeschooling their own school-aged children in the next 5-10 years.  “The rise would be in terms of both absolute numbers,” says Dr. Brian D. Ray in a recent survey report, “and percentage of the K to 12 student population.”

DreamBox Learning supports family involvement in math learning. DreamBox provides parents with help, tips and online resources for home math learning, including enrichment for accelerated math learners  and robust progress reporting against the Common Core, Texas, Virginia, Ontario and Western & Northern Canadian standards. And as part of our commitment to support parents who want to be involved in their children’s education we also offer parent tips and resources online. Find out more or request a free home trial.

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