TRAILS is a knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards. This Web-based system was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for school librarians and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students. There is no charge for using TRAILS.
Details about how the assessment system works may be found at HOW TRAILS WORKS.
Established users sign in.
New users create an account.
Welcome back to a new school year! Last year TRAILS was administered to nearly 365,000 students in over 17,400 sessions. We appreciate your interest in incorporating TRAILS into your program. [8/23/2014]
Benchmarks for 2013-14 now available!: When you log in, there is a benchmark option under "My Account". Along with the national benchmark, state figures are given for those assessments that were administered to at least 500 students at the targeted grade level. There is also a link to the previous year benchmarks. [8/30/2014]
Tip for using the same student codes across sessions: You will need to create a new session. In the STUDENT CODES section, click on "Yes, copy from a closed session" and select the former session name from the drop-down menu. This is a useful feature if you plan to give a post-test. [3/12/2014]
Preparing your students for college? The TRAILS-12 sister site--Transitioning to College (T2C) provides resources for both students and librarians about the college experience and the role of academic libraries. T2C users include high school juniors and seniors and their librarians, guidance counselors, and teachers, as well as those working with incoming college freshmen. T2C is freely available at (http://libguides.library.kent.edu/t2c)
Common Core State Standards: All items have been aligned with the Common Core State Standards. You can see this tagging when you log in and choose "View Available Assessments" using the Expanded View.
Thanks, OELMA! We were proud to learn that OELMA (Ohio Educational Library Media Association) at its annual fall meeting proclaimed TRAILS as "the blue-ribbon information literacy assessment for Ohio students." Their proclamation is linked here. We appreciate the strong support TRAILS has received from Ohio school librarians since its inception. [12/2/2013]
Check out the TRAILS wiki (http://trails-informationliteracy.wikispaces.com)
TRAILS is a service of Kent State University Libraries.