Paid Research Study for Homeschool Parents



The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for parent participants for an education research study.

The findings of this current study will be used by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) to prepare for a new Federally funded study on educational choice in the United States. You can read the findings of the 2008 National Household Education Survey (NHES), which include homeschool statistics widely reported by all national news organizations who write about homeschooling.

To qualify for this current study, participants must meet two or more of the following criteria:

  • Age 18 to 65, not enrolled in High School, and have a professional certification / license *
  • Parent of a child who is homeschooled in grades equivalent to K to 12
  • Parent of a child age 6 and younger who is not yet enrolled in school
  • Parent of a student in grades K to 12 attending public or private school

* – Professional certification or licenses include, but are not limited to, teaching, real estate, health care professions, law enforcement, plumbing, architecture, etc.

To register for the focus group, contact and include “homeschool study” in the subject line.

Parents who qualify to participate will be paid $60 at the end of the 90-minute session.

Focus group sessions will take place at local libraries throughout Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia. Parents will need to bring along their own smartphone or laptop and connect to wifi in order to participate.

Childcare is not provided.

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NOTE: The U.S. Census Bureau has already been made aware that the certification/licensing participation criteria excludes a large number of homeschool parents from participating in this focus group. At this point in time, the criteria cannot be changed.


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