In 1963-64, the original founders of Hewitt identified a group of professional men and women who were concerned about trends in health, education, welfare, and the family and decided to put their concerns into action. They organized first as Cedar Springs Foundation, and in 1964 were approved as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the Internal Revenue Service. The Foundation was renamed Hewitt Research Foundation in 1969 to honor its co-founder Carl Hewitt. Dr. Raymond Moore, the other co-founder, served as director until 1987. His work was published in Time, Newsday, and Columbia University’s Teachers College Record. He was also the author of several books such as Home Grown Kids, School Can Wait, and Home-Style Teaching all of which placed Hewitt at the forefront of the home-schooling movement.
The Foundation became a not-for-profit California corporation with a mission to equip families to educate their own children using the best resources available.
Beginning in 1983, the primary function of the Foundation shifted from consultation with educational institutions to an examination of institutions in society as they relate to society’s basic unit—the family. Hewitt’s research led it to be a proponent of homeschooling, which has experienced its own renaissance. With an estimated 1.2 million students across the country at the turn of the century [Wall Street Journal, March 5, 1997], homeschooling has become a very valid option for American parents. According to research done by Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute in Salem, Oregon, homeschoolers test in the 87th percentile on the complete battery of basic skills—37% higher than the national norm.
Hewitt Homeschooling has continued to follow a balanced, flexible approach to homeschooling throughout the years. Our emphasis includes combining excellent academics with character development, instilling work ethic, and developing a spirit of community service in the next generation.
Until 2019, Hewitt operated out of an 8,750-sq. ft. facility in Washougal, Washington with a staff dedicated to carrying out the mission of Hewitt Research Foundation.
In the fall of 2019, several key members of Hewitt’s staff and board decided it was time to retire. They handed the reins over to a new staff who could continue to serve learners everywhere. Our offices moved from Washougal to Spokane, Washington and a new board is in the process of forming.
With a current client base of over 30,000, Hewitt’s operation is currently divided into three sectors: Services, Products, and Testing. We offer services for students from kindergarten age through high-school graduation, including:
- standardized testing for grades three through eight with our own PASS test which was specifically written for homeschoolers,
- curriculum recommendations, coaching, and written evaluations for students from junior high through high school, and
- programs that help students develop innovative ideas, apps, and prototypes.
A strong superstructure must always be built on a strong foundation. Hewitt Research Foundation strives to continue the work started by the previous board and staff including the advancement of several areas.
Website and Online Store: Following our server crash, we are taking the opportunity both to “move to the cloud” and to rebuild our entire site. Watch for continual changes, and let us know how we’re doing, or if there is a feature you are missing or would like to see. Meanwhile, all of our products and services are available.
Testing: We will be looking for funding to re-norm and update the popular PASS test so that it can continue to serve homeschoolers everywhere.
Publishing: As the Lightning Lit series approaches completion, we plan to publish updated editions on a rotating basis as well as expanding our High School titles. Due to popular demand, we also plan to expand the “My First Report” series. We have also joined together with Kid’s Chemical Solutions to publish the M.C. Detective Agency series.
Homeschooling Resources: We hope to expand our library of resources available to homeschoolers through our website.