Paid Homeschool Study



UPDATE on Thurs Sept 20:

The Census Bureau has reached its limit for volunteer participants. Please – NO MORE – emails or phone calls.

The U.S. Census Bureau is conducting a paid homeschool study. They are looking for participants to help evaluate a new web survey by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), part of the U.S. Department of Education. This survey is part of the National Household Education Survey, a study that tracks national trends in homeschooling. While NHES helps educators, researchers, and policy makers better understand children’s care and schooling, for more than 20 years NHES data has also provided the most accurate national homeschool statistics. It is the most cited source of data in news articles about families who educate their children at home.

This 2018 study is a follow-up to a similar study the Census Bureau conducted in 2016.

The Census Bureau is looking for the following groups of participants:

  • MD-DC-VA Parents of children homeschooled in grades equivalent to K-12
  • MD-DC-VA Parents of children homeschooled and taking other enrolled classes – for example, at a community college or online courses, etc.
  • MD-DC-VA Parents of children age 5 and younger who are in child care
  • MD-DC-VA Parents of students in grades K-12 – public or private

Eligibility to Participate:
Interested homeschooling parents can contact the Census Bureau at (301) 763-4979 and mention Education. Or, email and type “Education” in the subject line of the email.

Individuals will be contacted to complete a brief telephone screening in order to determine eligibility. The telephone screening will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. If eligible, the U.S. Census Bureau will schedule an interview at your convenience.

What the Study Involves:
You will be asked to complete the web survey and do several short tasks on the web. You will also be asked questions about your experience and perceptions of the web survey. The session will last approximately 90 minutes. Sessions will be conducted between September 24 and October 12 and will be held in Maryland – Washington DC – and Virginia locations near public parking and public transportation.

If you are eligible and participate in the full study, you will receive $60 as a thank you for your participation.