Centralize Data from Decentralized Systems
Disconnected systems lead to siloed data, lack of control and increase your cost of ownership. The TAO student assessment platform supports an open source data approach to tools, content, delivery and reporting to provide you with maximum flexibility and security in K12 education.
- Seamless integration via open interoperability standards
- Centralized data access and control
- Low-lift adoption & user-friendly interface
The TAO platform helps you keep up with evolving digital expectations, while leaning on dedicated training and support for easy, scalable implementation.
Meet the Modern Comprehensive Assessment Technology
Built on open standards, TAO’s solutions unite various technologies, including your legacy solutions, into a single platform. Our powerful features, including content authoring, assessment delivery, rostering and deep reporting, offer complete customization in K12 testing.
Achieving Consistent Nationwide Learning Standards
Switzerland faces a unique challenge in standardizing assessments due to having to align four official languages and 26 cantons. The Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK) found proprietary online assessment systems restrictive, making customization both difficult and expensive.
By implementing TAO solutions, EDK found openness, flexibility and the ability to customize the monitoring system for compulsory school education without hidden costs.
“With an Open Source platform like TAO, we are free to do our own customization, because we can control the source code. This came as a huge relief, since proprietary systems are very restraining. The more a proprietary system was customized the more we would be dependent on it. Thankfully, with TAO we found a solution that is open and flexible for the future. It is a big step in the right direction to ensure consistent, nationwide implementation of our learning standards.”
– Dr. Vera Husfeldt, Head of Division Quality Development at the EDK
Why do K12 Institutions Choose TAO?
A Turnkey Approach
Deploy a turnkey assessment platform to easily centralize all of your assessment content and tests, from formative to diagnostic to summative.
Leverage single-sign-on scenarios (SSO) for all assessment tools in your tech stack, freeing up the end user’s time so it can be redirected to learning.
Interoperable and standards-compliant, TAO easily integrates with other standards-based learning and testing tools.
Full QTI Item Types
Develop and deploy all QTI item types with ease, including Technology Enhanced items and scenarios.
Schedule secure and scalable assessment deliveries according to your testing calendar or syllabus.
Secure Remote Testing
TAO’s tools work across multiple devices and support secure remote testing. The platform supports integration with test center deployments, remote proctoring solutions and identity verification.
Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to more frequently asked questions here.
Yes. The TAO platform allows you to add metadata to your item types. In doing so, you can tie specific questions or questions meant to measure specific skills to common standards. For example, you could tie a writing question to CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.1.
You can find out more about creating metadata in TAO here.
Yes. Because it’s built on open standards, you can integrate TAO with your LMS or SMS via the IMS LTI framework. We’ve also developed trusted APIs and other integration frameworks to help you integrate the other components of your tech stack with TAO.
TAO’s Test-taker Tools (many of which are accessibility tools) are designed for WCAG standards to aid your learners when taking assessments. These allow you to design for accessibility at either the item or test level.
- Magnifying glass
- Zoom in/out
- Answer eliminator
- Answer masking
- Area masking
- Line reader
TAO also provides keyboard shortcuts, color-contrasting, and requires alt-text on all images, as well as closed captioning functionality for videos to support accessibility. In addition, you can add TAO Partner integrations, like speech-to-text, onto your platform to further assist students.