Amid the growing national movement toward homeschooling, Alaska leads all states in terms of interest, according to a newly released study.
Entitled “Which States Are Seeing the Biggest Interest in Homeschooling Amongst Parents?” the study was conducted by My eLearning World. The report looked at the reasons parents are choosing to move away from public schools. While Covid concerns were a primary cause, the study found that more than 72% of those who began homeschooling their children because of Covid did not plan to send their kids back to public school.
Researchers also found a strong correlation between political identity and homeschooling interest. Generally, parents from red states were likelier to be interested in homeschooling than their counterparts in blue states.
Conducted with the help of Mindnet Analytics, using Google Trends to measure interest in each state, the findings were derived from looking at search terms associated with homeschooling. Each state’s homeschool interest was then rated on an index, from zero to 100.
Alaska was the only state to score a perfect 100 with regard to homeschooling interest.
According to a separate report published Jan. 26 by the National Home Education Research Institute, there are now 3.7 million children, K-12th grade who were homeschooled in 2020/2021. This is 6-7% of all children in those grades nationwide.
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A review of Alaska’s public correspondence schools shows that more than 15% of Alaska students in grades K-12 were enrolled in publicly funded homeschool programs in the 2020-2021 school year. There were about 13,000 students in state funded homeschools for the 2018-19 pre-Covid year. That number had jumped to more than 20,000 in 2020-2021. This does not include thousands of additional Alaskan students who homeschool independently, using no state funding or assistance.
The 10 largest publicly funded homeschool programs in Alaska grew as follows from 2018-2019 to 2020-2021:
— IDEA: 4,524 to 7,049
— Raven Homeschool: 1,623 to 3,045
— Mat-Su Central: 1,632 to 2,179
— CyberLynx: 1,074 to 1,470
— Family Partnership: 679 to 1,235
— Denali PEAK: 716 to 842
— Fairbanks BEST: 287 to 743
— Twindly-Bridge Charter School: 478 to 567
— FOCUS Homeschool: 415 to 516
— PACE Statewide Correspondence: 252 to 493