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Homeschooling Nearly Tripled In Oklahoma During The Pandemic

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During the pandemic, homeschooling grew in popularity for families across the country and more than doubled in 2020. The rate rose especially in Oklahoma.A U.S. Census Bureau survey reveals that Oklahoma had the fourth highest increase in homeschooling of any state. The rate of homeschool households in the state rose from 7.7 percent in the spring to 20.1 percent in the fall.

It’s unclear why the rate skyrocketed.

Public school enrollment sharply declined in fall 2020, but much of that loss was due to a steep drop in kindergarten and pre-k enrollment.

It’s also unknown if families with children enrolled in virtual charter schools answered that they were homeschooling.

Regardless, the rate of students learning at home has risen and it’s unclear if that trend will continue in future school years.


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Robby Korth joined KOSU as its news director in November 2022.
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