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.


IMPORTANT message: Sessions created prior to Aug.12 will link to the now decommissioned 2014-15 assessments. If you have not yet administered, edit your session and reselect the assessment to link to the current version. Using the session created earlier will still give you reports, but that assessment will no longer be a choice for future sessions. [8/17/2015]

Assessments for 2015-2016 are now ready! Our thanks to all users who contributed new items. [8/12/2015]

2014-15 was a good year. TRAILS was administered to more than 338,000 students in over 16,200 sessions. We appreciate your continuing interest and support. [6/22/2015]

Feedback/Improve TRAILS Item: Help us keep TRAILS relevant by suggesting updates to existing items. Use the Feedback/Improve TRAILS Item link on the "View Available Assessments" page. Suggestions will be considered as part of our summer overall review. Your input makes a real difference. [4/16/2015]

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.

Check out the TRAILS wiki (http://trails-informationliteracy.wikispaces.com)

TRAILS is a service of Kent State University Libraries.