Press Releases & Announcements

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July 26th, 2016

OAT Named One of 2016’s “Trendsetters with Traction”

Software & Information Industry Association Includes OAT in its Annual “Trendsetters with Traction: 9 to Watch” Program WOODSIDE, CA – (July 26, 2016) – Open Assessment Technologies Corp. (OAT) – the leading provider of open source assessment solutions for K12, Higher Education and Professional Learning – today announced it has been named a “Trendsetter with […]

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April 12th, 2016

OAT Appoints Mark Molenaar as Chief Technology Officer

We’re thrilled to announce the appointment of Mark Molenaar as Chief Technology Officer at OAT. Mark will lead product strategy and roadmap, oversee TAO technology evolution, and further develop the company’s relationship with the open source community and Ed Tech partners. Mark joins us from Cito, one of the world’s leading testing and assessment companies, […]

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March 15th, 2016

OAT selected as an ACT Preferred Supplier for Online Test Delivery Technologies

ACT to Contribute to TAO Open Source Community and Collaborate with OAT on Industry Standards SAN FRANCISCO, CA and IOWA CITY, IA – (March 15, 2016) – ACT, a leading US provider of college and career readiness assessments and home of the ACT® test, America’s most popular college readiness assessment, has selected Open Assessment Technologies […]

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May 18th, 2015

OAT Wins EdTech Grand Slam, Takes Home Major Accolades

TAO Takes Home Pair of EdTech Awards in One-week Span, Sets Course for Future Success BELVAL, LUXEMBOURG – (May 18, 2015) – Open Assessment Technologies S. A. (OAT), the leading provider of open source assessment solutions for education and public sector employment, today announced that TAO, its open source assessment platform, earned two major EdTech […]

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May 4th, 2015

Open Assessment Technologies to Chair the Newly Formed Executive Board on Assessment

OAT Brings Their Experience in Open Standards and Collaborative Ecosystems to the Testing & Assessment Community BELVAL, LUXEMBOURG – (May 4, 2015) – Open Assessment Technologies S.A. (OAT) – the leading Open Source assessment platform provider for education and public sector employment – today announced that its Co-founder and CEO, Marc Oswald, will chair the […]

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April 7th, 2015

TAO Selected by PARCC, the Multi-State Education Consortium

Company’s Open Source Assessment Platform to be the Foundation for the K-12 Common Core Assessment System BELVAL, LUXEMBOURG – (April 7, 2015) – Open Assessment Technologies S.A. (OAT), the leading provider of Open Source assessment solutions for the education sector, today announced that TAO, its Open Source assessment platform, has been selected by the Partnership […]

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March 4th, 2015

TAO Helps Reduce Student Drop Out Rates

12% of European students drop out before completing high school, according to Eurostat. This alarming situation is both a cause and effect of unemployment, social exclusion, and poverty, and is therefore a matter for great social concern. Although there are systematic and targeted strategies in place to prevent dropouts, the Comenius Program seeks to reconsider […]

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Hot Off the Press: TAO User Guide

We are delighted to announce that the TAO User Guide is now available online, and also as a downloadable ebook. If you’re new to TAO, this detailed Guide will help you master the basics and explore advanced features so you can start building assessment assets with ease. We’ll show you step-by-step how to download and […]

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December 8th, 2014

OAT Announces QTI Compliance for Its TAO Open Source Assessment Platform

Company’s Solution is Widely Regarded as Industry’s Most Advanced QTI-Authoring and Test Delivery Solution Available BELVAL, LUXEMBOURG – (December 08, 2014) – OAT, the leading provider of Open Source assessment solutions for Education and Public Sector Employment, today announced that its TAO assessment platform is the first to have achieved QTI compliance in all four […]

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July 2nd, 2014

TAO 2.6 is released!

We are pround to announce the new TAO 2.6 release! Feel free to log on to the TAO Forge or to the TAO Website in order to download TAO. Our demo server has been updated. You may try it by connecting at http://demo.taotesting.com using the following login/password: demo/demo. This new version brings new possibilities to enhance […]

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June 10th, 2014

TAO 2.6 RC02 is out!

With TAO version 2.6 RC02, another step towards the final release of TAO version 2.6 has been reached. This release has been deployed on “beta”: http://beta.taotesting.com/ and on “demo”: http://demo.taotesting.com/ public instances The Beta Login/Password is beta/beta The Demo Login/Password is demo/demo If you wish to test this release on your own server, a source […]

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June 1st, 2014

TAO version 2.6 R.C.1 is out!

TAO 2.6 R.C.1 comes with a bunch of cool new features: Full support for leading Android, iOS Tablets and Smartphones Completely redesigned Item and Test authoring interfaces Much improved Scalability through the support of NoSQL data stores Additional QTI options, as per the QTI 2.1 spec With TAO 2.6 R.C.1, a new step towards the final release […]

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May 18th, 2014

We are happy to announce the TAO 2.6 Beta version release

TAO 2.6 Beta comes with a bunch of cool new features: Full support for leading Android, iOS Tablets and Smartphones Completely redesigned Item and Test authoring interfaces Much improved Scalability through the support of NoSQL data stores Additional QTI options, as per the QTI 2.1 spec 2.6 Beta download link Disclaimer:  This is not a production release, […]

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October 16th, 2013

TAO 2.5 has been released

We are pleased to announce the new TAO 2.5 release! Stay up to date: Download TAO 2.5! Our demo server has been updated. You may try it by connecting at http://demo.taotesting.com using the following login/password: demo/demo. This new version brings new possibilities such as: New Item Formats The item creator of TAO has been revisited to bring […]

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July 1st, 2013

e-ATP Europe 2013 at St Julians – Malta with TAO as a Sponsor

St-Julians in Malta, 25-27 September 2013, e-ATP Conference.EU.com TAO is a Sponsor Member! Growing Talent in Europe Gaining Advantage through Assessment Gaining the edge through assessment cuts across everything that supports developing Europe as a global source of knowledge and skills. The 2013 conference, Growing Talent in Europe – Gaining Advantage through Assessment, has been designed […]

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June 12th, 2013

ZIB-Akademie 2013 in Frankfurt

ZIB-Akademie 2013, from 29. Juli – 02. August 2013 am DIPF in Frankfurt am Main, focusing Technology Based Assessment The TAO Team is pleased to contribute to the ZIB-Akademie 2013! Please find below all details on workshops Programm booklet Download PDF Infoflyer Download PDF Your TAO Team

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May 1st, 2013

TAO 2.4 has been released

We are pleased to announce the new TAO 2.4 release! The common package: TAO_2.4_build.zip The Windows test package (with the servers): TAO_2.4_with_server.exe Our demo server has been updated. You may try it by connecting at http://demo.taotesting.com using the following login/password: demo/demo. This new version brings new possibilities to enhance community support, among them you will discover: New […]

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October 12th, 2012

TAO 2.3.1 has been released

We are pleased to announce the new version of TAO 2.3.1! The common package TAO_2.3.1_build.zip The Windows test package (with the servers): TAO_2.3.1_with_server.exe Demo server has been updated. You may try at http://demo.tao.lu using login/password demo/demo. This new version brings a new installation procedure integrating a new feedback procedure to enhance community support. We also […]

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July 16th, 2012

We are happy to announce TAO 2.2.

We are proud to announce TAO v2.2, the latest release of the world’s leading open source assessment platform. Version 2.2 introduces Access Control Layers, which provide the foundation for role-based access to the TAO application. System administrators are now able to define User Profiles that, in the future, will let them grant individual access rights to all application-level functionalities based […]

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May 31st, 2012

Help us test the new Beta version of TAO

Please help us test the beta version of TAO 2.2 and report bugs on our Forge. We mainly want to test the new Access Control Feature. TAO 2.2 will be released within two weeks. The Beta version has been deployed on TAO beta website at http://beta.tao.lu/ TAO 1st login : “beta” password : “beta” (and then […]

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March 16th, 2012

Human-based scoring functionality

For the past three months,  the task-force focused on the development of a new functionality in the results extension of TAO in order to support human-based scoring process. Proud of this, we wanted to share with the community information about this new feature which  brings TAO one step ahead and which also improves quality and […]

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December 8th, 2011

ATP Gold Sponsorship

TAO with the CRP Henri Tudor is now a member of the ATP (Association of Test Publishers). Besides, from February 26 to 29 in Palm Springs, California, the TAO team is planning its first Gold Sponsorship to expose the importance of open-source to address 21st century e-testing needs. Indeed, TAO is currently being used in over 60 countries by […]

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October 31st, 2011

PISA 2015

TAO is happy to announce that it was once again chosen for the PISA studies (Program for International Students Assessment) of the OECD. Indeed, TAO has participated in those studies since 2009 and still will in 2015 with a growing role. Those studies take place every 3 years. So far, 60 countries were assessed representing […]

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August 5th, 2011

TAO 2.1 released

We are happy to announce the release of TAO 2.1. Improvements were concentrated on scalability as shown in previous news. The performance of TAO was greatly optimized. We also worked on the QTI authoring tool. Indeed, some features are now more user-friendly (such as the way to create shapes for graphic interactions). We also implemented further options for the use […]

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July 26th, 2011

TAO translated

We are extremely happy to announce that the TAO platform has been translated in Swedish and in Arabic. The Swedish version will be available in couple days with TAO 2.1. As for the Arabic version, it requires some work in the style sheets. Therefore, we plan to make it available in TAO 2.2 (by the end […]

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June 29th, 2011

Help us Test the Future of TAO

TAO 2.1 Beta was released on June 27, 2011 (see the Nightly Build Package). Thank you for helping us test the future of TAO. The official release of TAO 2.1 stable version is planned for the end of July and is focused on scalability (please find more information in the previous news). In the meantime, you are encouraged […]

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April 21st, 2011

TAO and Psychometrics

Our psychometricians – Hélène MAYER and Franck GISMONDI – just gave us an interview on their role within the TAO team. Could you give us a definition of psychometrics? Psychometrics is a discipline designed to develop and analyze psychological and educational measurements. It is dedicated to the construction and the use of tests, questionnaires, personality […]

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March 28th, 2011

TAO 2.0

We are pleased to announce the TAO 2.0 release, available for download here. This release has 2 objectives: consolidation and openness Openness by the implementation of Computer Based Assessment standards such as QTI, and to allow you to use the the web standards (that is, everything you can find on the web, you can use in […]

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March 10th, 2011

TAO in Luxembourg

TAO is going to run a high stake assessment in Luxembourg from March, 14 through the 28th which is the passage of Pre-post elementary tests (“Passage primaire post-primaire”). It consists of 415 teachers coding their 6,500 students results into the TAO platform.

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February 21st, 2011

TAO and PISA 2012

Last week, members of the TAO team were in Rome and successfully trained 16 countries to use the TAO platform for PISA 2012 (Programme for International Student Assessment).

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January 25th, 2011

Forum

Please visit our Forum, you’ll be able to find tips, useful information and support. A bank of 100 QTI items is under process… This Forum is yours, please let us know how we can improve it and join us!

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January 17th, 2011

Our Keynote for the TAO Days

We are extremely happy to anounce that Dr Denise Whitelock, director of the Computer Assisted Formative Assessment Project (CAFA) at the Open University has accepted to be our Keynote for the TAO Days. She will give a talk on “e-Assessment for Learning: balancing challenges and opportunities”. Denise Whitlock has played a major role in the development of […]

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December 22nd, 2010

Release of TAO 1.3

The TAO Team is happy to announce the release of TAO 1.3: This new version supports 12 QTI items It provides you with APIs supporting XHTML items It no longer uses Flash but XHTML for the Delivery of items. Therefore, TAO 1.3 remains compatible with Kohs, C-test and Hawai items. A Process interface is introduced. It corresponds […]

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December 3rd, 2010

TAO in Hungary

Members of our team were in Hungary recently and Prof. Benő Csapó gave them an interview on TAO… (Question) When and how did you start using TAO? (Benő Csapó) We received TAO from our colleagues in Luxemburg in April 2007. First, we had to adapt it to our technological environment and then to translate some of its modules into Hungarian. […]

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November 23rd, 2010

Next TAO Days

Once again, the TAO Days will take place in a remarkable building: Neümunster Abbey. For those of you who weren’t here last year, the abbey – originally built in 1606 – stands in the Grund District of Luxembourg City. It is beautiful quarter in a valley surrounded by cliffs on the banks of a river. […]

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November 12th, 2010

Video shooting for TAO

Today, TAO was shooting a video! We described Computer-Based Assessment, TAO assets and our plans for the future. As soon as this video will be released, you’ll be able to watch it online.

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October 28th, 2010

Feedback on a monitoring performed with TAO

The TAO platform has been used for School monitoring in Luxembourg the past years. The goal is to steer the national education system and improve it. Here is the result of a investigation performed in June and July 2010 to see how teachers react to such monitorings.  

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October 4th, 2010

Members of the TAO team were at EC-TEL

EC-TEL is a European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning Sustaining. The CRP Henri Tudor is organizing in collaboration with the University of Birmingham a workshop on formative assessment. The TEFA workshop aims at promoting formative assessment as a component for extending existing or new technology-enhanced learning approaches. The workshop provides an interdisciplinary forum in which scientists and […]

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September 28th, 2010

Mantis turned into Redmine

Redmine is a communication tool supporting bug tracking and displaying new features and maintenance projects. It provides a Wiki integrating all the documentation collected, a document library, a Subversion repository, a roadmap, a Gantt chart, news, and much more useful features that you will enjoy. Click and test our new forge. We hope you will appreciate […]

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September 20th, 2010

ICL 2010

Last week, members of the TAO team were in Hasselt, Belgium at the International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning (ICL’10). Many thanks to everyone who attended the conference! Last week, members of the TAO team were in Hasselt, Belgium at the International Conference on Interactive Computer Aided Learning (ICL’10). It is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the exchange of relevant trends […]

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September 7th, 2010

QTI

The TAO platform will support QTI by the end of the year The IMS QTI (Question and Test Interoperability) simplifies and standardizes the exchange of items, questions and exercises on multiple systems. It enables you to easily import and/or export your data in a standard format. Moreover, it will enable you to edit your items with a dedicated visual tool. […]

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July 21st, 2010

First Workshop on Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment (TEFA)

The CRP Henri Tudor is organizing in collaboration with the University of Birmingham a workshop on formative assessment. The TEFA workshop aims at promoting formative assessment as a component for extending existing or new technology-enhanced learning approaches. The workshop provides an interdisciplinary forum in which scientists and practitioners can exchange new ideas and applications in this […]

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