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About VORT

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Company Mission
At VORT we are dedicated to helping you serve infants, toddlers, children, and their families. Our products are designed to encourage effective planning and communication, and to help you get the most from your limited time. We call our products Practical Tools because they can help you save time, they are developmental in design, and they are comprehensive yet easy-to-use. The HELP products are best sellers used by Early Intervention, Early Childhod, Head Start, and Special Education professionals.

Company Values
The original concept for the term "VORT" was developed by Tom Holt in response to a 1970 essay contest in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on "How Can Information Science Benefit Mankind?" The initial theme seemed apparent -- help people and organizations define Objectives and use their limited Resources within Time to meet the objectives. But objectives alone do not ensure "benefit." It was obvious that guiding "values" were key to providing information and developing systems that were of benefit to society and mankind. Thus the concept of VORT: Values, Objectives, Resources, and Time; with Values guiding the definition and attainment of Objectives met by the application of Resources within Time.

Company Background
In 1970, after developing manufacturing-control and management information systems for some of the original Silicon Valley companies, Tom accepted a job as coordinator for a federal project to develop systems for special education programs. The Behavioral Characteristics Progression (the BCP -- one of the earliest and most successful criterion-referenced assessments) resulted from this project. To help develop the BCP and complete other special education projects, Tom formed VORT Corporation in 1971.

In 1972, based in part on its work with the BCP, VORT Corporation was asked by court-appointed national experts and the state of Pennsylvania to help develop statewide systems for the landmark Pennsylvania Right to Education effort. This effort included development of one of the first student-based computerized instructional systems. Subsequently, VORT expanded staff and offices to complete a variety of state and local projects for special education and Child Find programs in the states of Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, West Virginia, North Carolina, and California. In 1975 VORT began publishing developmental, criterion-referenced materials for special education.

Company Publishing Milestones
VORT continues to update and revise its products, and the HELP® family of products have become world-wide best sellers for curriculum-based assessment.
  • In 1975, VORT began publishing the BCP with emphasis on delivering "practical tools" to special educators.
  • In 1979, VORT first published HELP® - the Hawaii Early Learning Profile for ages 0-3.
  • In 1992 and 1995, VORT expanded and revised the HELP 0-3 materials
  • In 1995, VORT completely revised the HELP for Preschooler materials.
  • In 1997, VORT re-published the BCP in a more practical and economic design.
  • In 2005, VORT created its website "online store."
  • In 2005, HELP became the best-selling, most widely-used curriculum-based Birth-Three assessment, accepted by over 30 states (more than any competitor).
  • In 2006, and 2007 VORT updated the HELP Strands, Inside HELP and HELP at Home for HELP: 0-3.
  • In the Fall of 2010, VORT published the 2nd Ed. of HELP 3-6 (formerly "HELP for Preschoolers").
  • In the Fall of 2011, PPOD, the comprehensive online digital resource for parents was launched.
  • In the Fall of 2012, HELP at Home (2nd Edition) was completely translated into Spanish.
  • In late Fall of 2013, the HELP Strands were translated in Spanish (0-3, and 3-6).
  • In late Fall of 2013, the HELP Strands PLUS (though 48 months) were published.
  • In late Fall of 2013, the HELP 0-3 Reporting System through Kindercharts was launched.
  • In the Spring of 2014, HELP 0-3 Verified Trainer program was launched.
  • In the Winter of 2014, HELP 0-3 Research Study was started (reliability and validity).
  • In Summer of 2015, Best Beginnings Parent Handouts (2nd Ed.) was launched.
  • In late Summer of 2015, beta-test versions of HELP Online and BCP Online were launched.
  • In the Fall of 2015, the HELP 3-6 Reporting System through Kindercharts was launched.
  • In the Fall of 2016, HELP 0-3 Research Studies were completed.
  • In the Spring of 2017, BCP Online launched.