This blog site offers new information.
First, data are not carefully collected by the states. This is good. We need freedom, not statistics.
Second, four states show amazing growth, 2000-2009: Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina.
There has been no consistent pattern, 2008 to today. But since 2000, there has been growth.
My first effort to generalize from this state data led me to conclude that as of 2007, eight states were seeing growth, six were basically flat, and three were seeing declines. I also noted that for the most part the states that were seeing growth were “Red,” or Republican-leaning states, and those that were either holding steady or declining were mostly “Blue,” or Democrat-leaning.
This comes as no surprise.
You can see for yourself by clicking on the link below, which provides first the raw numbers by state, then this data in the form of line graphs, and finally the sources used in compiling this data, with links provided where possible. I’d like to thank here my workstudy student Kathy Balmer who put all of this together for me:
Most states did not provide data after 2008. “9 States have seen increased enrollments since ’08, most of them modest. 6 States have seen decreases, also mostly modest. 3 States have basically held steady. Bottom line: not a lot of change since ’08.”
If you take the longer view, though, for the 15 states for which we have consistent data for every year from 2000 to 2009, twelve of them show increases over the decade, and four of them (FL, GA, NC, and VA) show profound, amazing growth. Only three states (CO, PA, and WA) show declines over the same 10 year period, declines that don’t come anywhere close to matching the gains in the other states. Bottom line is that to the degree that this data is reliable, it does basically corroborate the NCES data that shows continued growth in homeschooling. Beyond that we can perhaps say that this growth seems to be happening most strongly in the Southeast.
This is a litmus test of freedom in the United States.