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.
User Survey 2013: As an active TRAILS user, we seek your input. Please complete the survey you will find at: https://kent.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0IFpHHl7Jmphdsh
Volunteer Opportunities: For the next key step in the validation process, TRAILS is seeking volunteer school librarians who work at one of the target grade levels (3, 6, 9 or 12) to review a select number of items and their corresponding objectives and evaluate whether a given item adequately addresses its stated objective. Depending on the grade level, the volunteer will be asked to review 20 - 35 item/objective pairs, requiring roughly one to two hours of time. If you work with students at one or more of the target grade levels (3rd, 6th, 9th, or 12th) and would be willing to help, please fill out the volunteer form by Friday, May 24th. The form is at: http://tinyurl.com/trails-ItemObjectiveReview You will be sent the instructions for this review via email by the end of May. Volunteer review should be completed by Friday, June 21st. Your continuing support for this important undertaking is greatly appreciated!
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
Benchmarks for 2011-12 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. 2011-12 was the first year of availability for TRAILS-3 and TRAILS-12.
TRAILS Validation Study Continues! Thanks to the many TRAILS users who participated in the data gathering phase this past fall. Data analysis follows this spring. Our goal is to establish valid and reliable versions of the TRAILS assessments. We will keep you posted.
Common Core State Standards: Last summer all items were 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)
We are grateful to the funding from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation that made the recent development efforts possible, as well as the ongoing support from Kent State University Libraries. TRAILS had terrific use in 2011-12 with over 2300 new registered users and nearly 10,000 sessions administered to over 203,000 students.
Check out the TRAILS wiki (http://trails-informationliteracy.wikispaces.com)
TRAILS is a service of Kent State University Libraries.