Home Schoolers Top National Average on ACT

By Karen Schuberg | August 31, 2009 | 2:22 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) – Compared with other students, homeschoolers scored higher than the national average on this year’s ACT, a national standardized test used to gauge educational development and college readiness. 
The national average for 2009 graduating high schoolers reported by ACT (American College Testing) officials is 21.1 on a scale from 1 to 36.  Homeschoolers scored a national average of 22.5.
Like the SAT, ACT scores are used in the college admissions process to evaluate applicants.  Virtually all colleges accept either test, Ed Colby, spokesman for the ACT, told CNSNews.com.
Scores are based on the 1.48 million students who graduated in 2009, Colby said.  Among those students were 11,535 homeschoolers, he said.
Ian Slatter, director of media relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association, said the one-on-one attention home-schooled students receive is conducive to learning. 
“Parents can tailor-make an education program to suit the child. The child can then advance at their own pace,” he said.
Homeschoolers are further prepared for college because they must take initiative to accomplish projects, Slatter said.  “Typically, in the home-school environment, the teen is self-directed in their learning because parents set a topic or task, and the student will then do their own research.”