Interested in Australian Christian homeschooling?
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This page contains lots of facts and statistics on Christian homeschooling in Australia and homeschooling in general.
When looking at this page, please be aware that homeschooling statistics are generally taken from voluntary populations.
This means they won't always provide an accurate sample of all homeschooling populations.
Some of the most interesting statistics are that:
How Many Australian Homeschoolers Are There?
This percentage has recently risen rapidly, so that now 3-4% of Australian children are homeschooled.
The rest attend public, private and [private] Christian schools.
% Homeschooling Parents Who Attended University
41% of Australian homeschooling parents have attended university.
59% have not.
% Homeschooling Parents with a Teaching Qualification
In addition, ‘the Home Education Association said that previous research has showed that between 8 and 26 per cent of Australian home educating parents have teaching qualifications.’ Submission 145, p 64.
"90 percent of homeschoolers [educators are] mothers... I would be happy saying that it is 90 percent to 95 percent."
- Dr Harding, General Manager of Australian Christian Homeschooling, Submission 163
It is not possible to confirm the number of unregistered home educators. The Home Education Association believes the numbers to be substantial and acknowledges that there are large variations in estimates...
There have been two estimates of the amount of homeschooled children in Australia. Australian estimates range from between 10 000 – 20 000 children (Williams, in McHugh, 2007), to potentially 50 000 children (Townsend, 2012) being home educated in Australia.
- Parliamentary Inquiry, Submission 145, Home Education Association, p 13.
The following statistics are from the December 2014 Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW Report on 'Academic Outcomes of Home Schooling'.
While these statistics show homeschoolers perform better than schoolchildren, they only account for 10% of the homeschooling population.
This low percentage is due to NAPLAN being administered to homeschoolers only when parents request the test is given.
As such, homeschoolers do not usually complete NAPLAN.
Another reason homeschoolers probably refrain from answering has to do with the nature of homeschooling.
Many parents unschool, an informal method of education.
Others, while conducting formal education, dislike NAPLAN like tests, as that's the reason many started homeschooling in the first place.
This graph shows significant results in the BOSTES homeschooling report on academic outcomes. Significant results 3 out of 4.
Year 3's result was not significant (p=<0.5; result was 437 to 425, homeschooler to mainstream schooler.
Non-significant result not included in graph. Homeschoolers outperformed their mainstream school peers in 3 out of 4 PERSUASIVE WRITING tests.