Selected aspects of home-schooling as reported by home-schooling parents and reported with perceptions of Indiana public school superintendents and principals of home-schooling in Indiana
The purpose of the study was to identify factors which influence Indiana public school superintendents and principals to provide special services to home-school families. A second purpose of the study was to identify the services Indiana home-school families would use if available from the public schools.Perceptions Indiana public school superintendents (N=97) and principals (N=404) have of home-schools were collected through the use of a survey instrument developed for the study. One -hundred thirty-one Indiana home-school families participated in the study.Findings from the study show principals and superintendents hold a negative view of home-schooling relative to the academic, instruction, and socialization quality available to home-school students. Home-school families choose non-classroom activities most frequently when indicating possible participation in the public schools.The following conclusions are drawn from the study:1. Public school principals in Indiana have a negative perception of the academic, instruction, and socialization quality in home schools.2. Indiana public school principals are more willing to allow home-school families access to non-classroom activities than classroom.3. The majority of Indiana public school principals and superintendents believe parents choose to home school for religious reasons.4. Public school superintendents in Indiana have a negative perception of the academic, instruction, and socialization quality in home schools.5. Indiana public school superintendents willing to allow home-school families access to the public schools are willing to allow home-school families to participate in either classroom or non-classroom activities.6. Of Indiana families educating children at home, less than 15% use public school services while homeschooling; however, over 85% might use public school services if made available.