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.


The first half of the year has gone by quickly! TRAILS was administered to over 196,000 students in over 9,500 sessions. We appreciate your continuing interest and support. [12/29/2014]

Tip: Do you want to read questions aloud to students when administering? TRAILS offers the option of “Ordered” delivery which will present all items in the same sequence to all students. This choice is found in CREATE A NEW SESSION under the “Item Delivery Order” option. [9/25/2014]

Tip: 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]

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]

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.