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Homeschooling in the United States: 2003

NCES 2006-042
February 2006

Table 5. Number and percentage of homeschooled students, ages 5 through 17 with a grade equivalent of kindergarten through 12th grade, whose parents reported using various sources of curriculum or books: 2003
Sources of curriculum or books Number Percent
Public library 854,000 77.9
Homeschooling catalog, publisher, or individual specialist 843,000 76.9
Retail bookstore or other store 753,000 68.7
Education publisher not affiliated with homeschooling 653,000 59.6
Homeschooling organization 539,000 49.2
Church, synagogue, or other religious organization 400,000 36.5
Other sources 284,000 26.0
Local public school or district 248,000 22.6
Private school 184,000 16.8
NOTE: Excludes students who were enrolled in school for more than 25 hours a week and students who were homeschooled due to a temporary illness. Percentages do not sum to 100 percent because respondents could choose more than one source of curriculum or books.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Parent and Family Involvement in Education Survey of the 2003 National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES).