Worried about Enrollment Declines? Explore the Option of District-Owned Homeschooling

In education, experts often talk about competency-based learning models and how to scale these efforts. In reality, these new learning models often spur from the idea that students move on when they have demonstrated mastery, and often complete courses or concepts ahead of schedule. Many of these theories and models date back to the one-room schoolhouse and homeschooling families.

COVID-19 highlighted this idea as educators worked to engage students from a distance at scale. For the first time many public school students were able to experience anytime, anywhere learning. Almost every district is finding there are students who were enrolled in their district who are now planning to continue with homeschooling.

According to the Household Pulse Survey administered by the US Census Bureau “In the first week (April 23-May 5) of Phase 1 of the Household Pulse Survey, about 5.4% of U.S. households with school-aged children reported homeschooling. By fall, 11.1% of households with school-age children reported homeschooling (Sept. 30-Oct. 12). A clarification was added to the school enrollment question to make sure households were reporting true homeschooling rather than virtual learning through a public or private school.

That change represents an increase of 5.6 percentage points and a doubling of U.S. households that were homeschooling at the start of the 2020-2021 school year compared to the prior year.”

What does this Mean for Districts?