Homeschoolers Beat Nat'l Average on ACT

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A recent report shows homeschoolers' averaged higher scores on the ACT college aptitude test than the national average.

The 11,535 homeschoolers who took the test in 2009 earned an average score of 22.5, according to ACT reports. That's compared to a score of 21.1 for 1.48 million students who took the exam.

"This is a remarkable achievement and shows that homeschool parents are successfully preparing their children for college," said Michael Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Association, told The Christian Post.

Scoring well on the ACT indicates "a greater likelihood of success in college" according to ACT Inc, the organization that produces the test.

"What you can say about the home schoolers from that average composite score is that this group of home-schooled kids are well-prepared, or reasonably well-prepared, for college," Kelley Hayden, a spokesman for ACT, told WorldNetDaily.

ACT officials caution against using such statistics to condemn public education.

"You cannot use their average score to say then that obviously home schooling is better than public schooling, because this is a very small, self-selected group," Hayden said.

The test is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 being the highest possible score.

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