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.
TRAILS Seeks Focus Group Participants: The TRAILS project to establish validity of the general assessments at each of the TRAILS grade levels is moving into a final phase. We now need school librarians to participate in a focus group to discuss how the scores from the validated assessments should be reported to provide the most useful information.
We are planning a series of online focus groups with 5 to 10 school librarians to be held in February. These will be scheduled to begin at 3:30 EST and are expected to last for about 1 hour. There is no cost to participate. Technical requirements are modest. You will need a computer with web browser and either a computer microphone or a phone to receive audio on. Each participant will be contacted before their session to establish their connection needs. These are the scheduled dates for the online focus groups:
If you are willing to participate, please complete this form to let us know your preference for date: (http://tinyurl.com/trails-OnlineFocusGroup) by Friday, January 10. You will be contacted later in January with details. We are very grateful for any consideration you can give to participating in a focus group. [12/5/2013]
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]
Benchmarks for 2012-13 are 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. [11/30/2013]
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.
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)
TRAILS has now been administered to more than 1,000,000 students! Thanks to all our users for making it possible to reach this milestone. [2/11/2013]
Check out the TRAILS wiki (http://trails-informationliteracy.wikispaces.com)
TRAILS is a service of Kent State University Libraries.