Homeschooling doubled during the pandemic, U.S. census survey finds

By: | March 23, 2021

In a year when so much about schooling has changed, add this to the list: A significant increase in the number of households where students were homeschooled.

That’s according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, an online survey that asks questions about how the pandemic is changing life in U.S. homes.

When the survey began, the week of April 23-May 5, 2020, 5.4% of U.S. households with school-aged children reported homeschooling.

By the fall, that number had spiked: 11.1% of households with school-age children reported homeschooling in the Sept. 30-Oct. 12 survey. The Census Bureau says that figure is twice the number of households that were homeschooling at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.

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