Analysis of Selected Variables Concerning Academic Achievement and Students Receiving Home schooling

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Bobby D. Anderson

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research


The research was designed to determine if differences exist between academic achievement among students receiving home schooling and students receiving public schooling, and the relationship between home school students' academic achievement and the education of the parents, the major reason for home schooling, years of home schooling, socioeconomic level of the parents, age of student, number of siblings in the home, gender of the student, and race. Subjects consisted of members of the Home School Legal Defense Association offices located in Paeonian Springs, Virginia. The data were collected through the use of a survey consisting of 11 questions and the Stanford Achievement Test. Subjects were asked to respond to items regarding (1) achievement and (2) home school demographics. The sample size was small and voluntary. In addition, the parents administered the achievement test to the students. The statistical technique used for analysis of the data concerning the relationship between home schooled students and public schooled students was the correlated t test. Regression was used to test the relationship between home schooled students' achievement and parents' demographics. Results indicated that, of those who responded, students receiving home schooling had higher academic achievement scores on the Stanford Achievement Test than did students receiving public schooling.