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.

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Announcing the last year of TRAILS (2018-2019):

We are sad to share that the 2018-2019 school year will be the last for TRAILS as an interactive tool. Budget and staffing pressures have led to this decision. [9/11/2018]

What's Ahead?

--TRAILS will continue to be available for use on its current platform through June 30, 2019.

--TRAILS data will be available for users to review or download for one year following the close of the interactive tool (through June 30, 2020).

--We plan to make TRAILS assessment items available to K-12 librarians and teachers as an open resource to use after our interactive site closes. Later this school year, we will share our plans.

--To guide our planning, please complete this survey: (TRAILStransitionSurvey)

Our Appreciation

We are extremely proud of the impact and reach of TRAILS. Over its lifetime, TRAILS has registered nearly 30,000 users, been delivered to over 2.3 million students. Our thanks to the agencies and organizations that have supported us. Most importantly, we thank our committed and active user-base!

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 is a service of Kent State University Libraries.