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PA Home Education Statistics

"Appropriate education" shall mean a program consisting of instruction in the required subjects for the time required in this act and in which the student demonstrates sustained progress in the overall program.

--PA Home Ed Law
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The PA Home Education Law

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Every year the PA Department of Education collects statistics on Home Education programs. Below are some highlights of their statistics. More statistics are available at PDE Home Ed Statistics.  The districts report the information to the PDE using the Home Education and Private Tutoring Report form. You can also call the PDE for more information.

These statistics do not include students registered under the private tutor law, students in public cyber charter schools, or students who are too young to be registered with their school district.

I do not know the stories behind these numbers. I do not know how accurate these numbers are. 

PA Home Education Statistics, Year by Year
Year
Number of home educated students
Number of affidavits returned
Programs deemed inappropriate by evaluator Programs deemed inappropriate by superintendent Due process hearings held
2006-2007
22,136
14
108
228
12
2005-2006
22,412
31
97
240
14
2004-2005
23,287
26
62
203
15
2003-2004
24,076
22
88
247
17

2002-2003

24,415
37
107
294
16

2001-2002

23,903
77
(of which 57 were in Philadelphia!)
95
292
19

2000-2001

24,019
67
108
364
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