Entries by Brian D. Ray, Ph.D.

Homeschooling Doubles in the United States During Government Pandemic Lockdowns: Evidence That State Policies Cause Homeschool Growth

The Context More empirical evidence shows that homeschooling doubled in the United States during the government pandemic lockdowns. The growth occurred from the 2019-2020 institutional school year to the 2020-2021 year, to perhaps as many as 5 million school-age children. The latest data come from the United States Census Bureau. Government restrictions and lockdowns forced […]

Comparing Two Forms of Public Schooling: What Relevance to Homeschooling?

Comparing Two Forms of Public Schooling: What Relevance to Homeschooling? The Context A recently published study compared the academic achievement of government-run public correspondence school students and government-run public conventional school students in Alaska (McCracken and Coleman, 2020). The reason that this study is being reviewed by an author and institute that focus on homeschooling […]

Big Growth in Homeschooling Indicated This “School Year”

Big Growth in Homeschooling Indicated This “School Year” The Context for Big Growth in Homeschooling Indicated Homeschooling has been gradually and notably growing for decades, but new evidence points to big growth in homeschooling being indicated for this “school year.” What is a “school year”? For tens of thousands of homeschoolers, learning is year-round. Dates […]

What is “Good” Research? A Homeschool Researcher Responds to Harvard Professor’s Criticism: Research Methods 101

What is “Good” Research? A Homeschool Researcher Responds to Harvard Professor’s Criticism: Research Methods 101 Brian D. Ray, Ph.D.* May 29, 2020 Copyright © 2020 by Brian D. Ray The purpose of this paper is to place in context and evaluate the efforts of many of those who negatively criticize homeschooling, homeschool researchers, or particular […]

A Systematic Review of the Empirical Research on Selected Aspects of Homeschooling as a School Choice

A systematic review of the empirical research on selected aspects of  homeschooling as a school choice This is a review of peer-reviewed homeschool research in the Journal of School Choice, by Brian D. Ray Brian D. Ray Journal of School Choice, Pages 604-621 | Published online: 27 Nov 2017 PDF and html Abstract This peer-reviewed […]

Effective Homeschool Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

PERSPECTIVES – News and Comments1 Home School Researcher                                                                                           Volume 34, No. 3, 2019, p. 1-5 Effective Homeschool Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder Anne L. Mendoza, Glennda K. McKeithan, and Deborah E. Griswold University of Kansas, gmckeithan@ku.edu PDF download Abstract Many parents and/or caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are frustrated with […]