Here's an insightful & encouraging article from Barbara Frank at HomeEducator.com.
Home Educator's Family Times
"Dr. Brian Ray, in the most in-depth nationwide study on home education across the United States, collected data on 5,402 students from 1,657 families. Homeschool students' academic achievement, on average, was significantly above that of public-school students. In addition, the home educated did well even if their parents were not certified teachers and if the state did not highly regulate homeschooling."
Thanks to Jube Dankworth for the link.