Homeschooling stats are soaring in Texas. State officials suspect schools are disguising dropout rates by claiming that missing students are being taught at home, reports the Houston Chronicle.
According to high schools in Texas, the homeschoolng rate has nearly tripled in a decade, including a 24 percent jump in a single year.
A 2008 audit of one of the Houston-area districts with the highest number of home-schooled high schoolers — Clear Creek ISD — concluded that only 167 of the 276 students had sufficient documentation from parents to meet the state’s definition. Information was lacking in the other 109 cases.
Schools face penalties for high drop0ut rates.