IELTS Report, topic: Table describing data on home schooled children (from Target Band 7 book)

This report was written on a topic from “Target Band 7” book (page 44, reprinted with permission).

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task

The table below describes the percentages of home schooled students in SomeCountry in 1999-2004.

Write a report for a university lecturer describing the information shown.

Write at least 150 words

Table describing data on home schooled children, from Target Band 7 book

The table illustrates the proportion of students who were given home schooling in SomeCountry in the period from 1999 to 2004.

From the very start of the period, kindergarten students were home schooled the most and their proportion remained the highest until 2004. Students in grades 1-2 and 5-6 were the least home tutored in 1999 and the figures fluctuated over the period; by the end of 2004 those in grades 1-2 constituted the lowest percentage.

A noticeable trend in home schooled kindergarten students was evident, where their proportion rose steadily from 2.4% to nearly 3% between 1999 and 2004. Similarly, in grade 3-4 also showed a steady upward movement and the rate rose from 1.6% in 1999 to 2.2% by 2004.

Students in the other three grade levels showed some fluctuation between 1999 to 2004. The percentage of home schooled students in grades 1-2 was at 1.5% at the start and dipped to 1.2% in 2000. Afterwards, the figures increased and reached well above 2% in 2004. The proportion of home schooled 5th and 6th graders initially started at 1.5%, then remained constant at 1.3% before finally reaching 2.6% in 2004. Students in 7th and 8th grade were home schooled at a rate of 1.6% in 1999 which remained steady until 2001, and following that climbed up to 2.5% at the end of the period.

Overall, the proportion of home schooled students at all grade levels in 2004 was higher compared to 1999.

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