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Characteristics of Homeschooled Students, 1999 and 2003

 Homeschooled in 1999Homeschooled in 2003
CharacteristicNumberPercentage1NumberPercentage1
Total850,0001.71,096,0002.2
Grade equivalent:2    
 Kindergarten 92,0002.498,0002.7
 Grades 1–3199,0001.6214,0001.8
 Grades 4–5136,0001.7160,0001.9
 Grades 6–8186,0001.6302,0002.4
 Grades 9–12 235,0001.7315,0002.3
Race/ethnicity:    
 White, non-Hispanic640,0002.0843,0002.7
 Black, non-Hispanic84,0001.0103,0001.3
 Hispanic77,0001.159,0000.7
 Other49,0001.991,0003.0
Parents' participation in the labor force:    
 Two parents—both in labor force237,0001.0274,0001.1
 Two parents—one in labor force444,0004.6594,0005.6
 One parent in labor force98,0000.7174,0001.4
 No parent in labor force71,0001.954,0001.8
Parents' highest educational attainment:    
 High school diploma or less160,0000.9269,0001.7
 Voc/tech degree or some college287,0001.9338,0002.1
 Bachelor's degree213,0002.6274,0002.8
 Graduate/professional school190,0002.3215,0002.5
Urban or Rural Setting:3    
 Urban 575,0001.5794,0002.0
 Rural275,0002.2302,0002.9
Region:    
 Northeast114,0001.1168,0001.8
 South355,0002.0445,0002.6
 Midwest166,0001.4238,0002.0
 West215,0002.0245,0002.0
NOTES: Details may not sum to totals because of rounding. Number and percent of homeschoolers excludes students who were enrolled in school for more than 25 hours a week and students who were homeschooled due to a temporary illness.
1. Percentage of students homeschooled among all students sharing the characteristic in question.
2. Students whose grade-equivalent was “ungraded” were excluded from the grade analysis. The percent of students with an “ungraded” grade equivalent was 0.02 percent in 2003 and 0.03 percent in 1999.
3. Urban is a place with at least 50,000 people. Rural is a place not classified as urban.
Source: Homeschooling in the United States: 2003, U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics.

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