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 humankind. 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.
Mission: For the past 50 years VORT has been dedicated to helping ECE professionals serve infants, toddlers, children, and their families. Our "practical tools" have been designed for effective planning and communication within limited time and resources. VORT's ECE products have been best sellers used by Early Intervention, Head Start, and Special Education professionals serving millions of children and their families.
In 1970, after developing manufacturing-control (MRP) systems for Silicon Valley semiconductor companies, Tom created the Behavioral Characteristics Progression as coordinator of a federal special education project (the BCP was the earliest and most successful criterion-referenced assessment). In 1971, Tom formed VORT Corporation to develop innovative assessment tools.
In 1972, VORT Corporation was asked to help develop a statewide system for the landmark Pennsylvania Right to Education effort. This effort influenced the creation of P.L. 94-142. Subsequently, VORT completed a variety of 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 assessments which have become best-selling tools for Special Ed, Early Intervention, and Head Start.
In early 2023, VORT sold its Early Childhood business/assets and is now focusing on AI/ML tools for organizational development.