TEA: Home schooling is up, no change in going back to public school

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Numbers from the Texas Education Agency show withdrawals from public schools in favor of home schooling are up.

The data obtained by the Texas Home School Coalition via open records request covers withdrawals in the spring of 2021, and it shows a 40% increase over the prior year. More recent numbers covering fall of 2021 through spring of 2022 will not be available until next spring.

THSC says the rate of homeschooling families going back to public school has not increased over the time frame studied.

According to U.S. Census data, there are 750,000 homeschool students in Texas, which is more than all charter and private schools combined.

THSC says students studying at home significantly outperform their public school peers in standardized tests regardless of the education or income level of their parents.

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