Study shows Utah third best state for homeschooling

Jul 17, 2023, 10:52 AM | Updated: Aug 22, 2023, 9:16 am

FILE: Chanell Price is homeschooling her children, who are in third grade and kindergarten, through...

FILE: Chanell Price is homeschooling her children, who are in third grade and kindergarten, through an online charter school. (KSL-TV)


SALT LAKE CITY — A new study shows Utah is the third best state for homeschooling. Utahns searching for information on homeschooling has spiked 87% since 2019.

According to a 2023 study commissioned by Age of Learning, in the U.S., interest in homeschooling has increased by 48% since 2019.

The study explored the states most conducive to homeschooling including factors like state law and access to state sports and extra-curriculars. States were then ranked states according to those factors on which states would be the best and worst environment for homeschooling.

Utah was ranked No. 3 in the nation for homeschooling with a score of 82 out of 100.

According to the study, Utah has the third most accommodating homeschool laws & regulations of any state. Utah has the seventh most students enrolled in homeschool per capita in the U.S.

However, Utah has the 32th most homeschool-related groups per capita of all 50 states.

Homeschooling increased in Utah and nationwide following the Covid-19 pandemic. Legislative action has followed including most recently a bill passed in the 2023 legislative season that provided $8,000 vouchers for parents to use for educational items like textbooks, education software, or private school tuition.

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Study shows Utah third best state for homeschooling