TRAILS Announces New (and Free) Information Literacy Assessments for Grades 3, 6, 9, 12

from the AASL Forum list serv:

New for 2010-11:  TRAILS (Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) now offers new grade level assessments and updates for grades 3, 6, 9 and 12. As always these information literacy assessments are freely available at:
TRAILS now includes:

  • Assessments for 3rd and 12th grades, in addition to the previously available 6th and 9th grade
  • Pre-tests and post-tests for all grades:  3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th
  • Assessments by information literacy competency categories for grades 3, 6, 9, and 12

Reported value of TRAILS for teachers, school librarians and administrators:

  • Get a class snapshot of students’ overall understanding of information literacy
  • Identify students’ weakest areas as it relates to information literacy
  • Measure the progress of students in grades 3 – 12 through pre and post tests

TRAILS is standards-based, using the current standards of AASL Information Power, AASL Standards for 21st Century Learners, and Ohio Academic Content Standards. Assessments have been administered to over 290,000 students throughout the United States and internationally.

TRAILS is a project of Kent State University Libraries and has been funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the U.S. Dept. of Education, LSTA, and the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

Go to TRAILS at to set up a free account. This should be an exciting year!



Barbara F. Schloman, Ph.D.

TRAILS Project Director
Associate Dean and Professor
University Libraries
Kent State University
Kent, OH  44242

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Posted by Buffy Hamilton, Ed.S.
Creekview High School


About Buffy J. Hamilton

I am a writing and Language Arts teacher who loves learning, literacy, stories, learning, dogs, poetry, fabulous shoes, and good lip gloss. I began my career as a high school English teacher in 1992 and then became a high school librarian and 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker before returning to the classroom in August 2016.

Posted on August 23, 2010, in Assessment, Information Literacy and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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