Home Education Scholastic Outcomes

Home educated students in Oregon consistently score significantly higher than expected on nationally normed standardized tests.

Nationally normed tests are specifically designed so that 1% of the test-takers will score in each percentile. For example:

  • 15% will score at or below the 15th percentile
  • 50% will score at or below the 50th percentile
  • 10% will score at or above the 90th percentile

The following table compares the most recent available test results for Oregon home educated students statewide and in Lane County against the expected results from nationally normed standardized tests:


# of Students (Actual) # of Students (Expected) % of Total (Actual) % of Total (Expected) Difference from expected Percent Difference from expected
OREGON Total Students: 11,405
1-15% 590 1,711 5% 15% -1,121 -66%
1-50% 3,106 5,703 27% 50% -2,597 -46%
51-99% 8,299 5,703 73% 50% 2,596 46%
91-99% 2,761 1,141 24% 10% 1,621 142%
LANE ESD Total Students: 1,080
1-15% 35 162 3% 15% -127 -78%
1-50% 242 540 22% 50% --298 -55%
51-99% 725 540 67% 50% 185 34%
91-99% 270 108 25% 10% 162 150%


  • Twice as many home educated students scored above average than expected.
  • Half as many home educated students scored below average than expected.


Source: Home School Data Collection 1998-1999, Oregon Department of Education