The Learning 2.0 School

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Information Literacy Assessment Tools – TRAILS

Posted by Michelle Torrise on July 7, 2009



I’m looking into several options for pre-assessments for incoming freshman at my high school.  I find TRAILS: Tool for Real Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills, which has a higher ed component, Project SAILS, to be a promising tool with the following benefits:

  1. The process is fully automated – supporting our goal of technology integration.
  2. Student ID’s are automatically generated – saving valuable planning time.
  3. Reports are automatically generated – saving more valuable planning time.
  4. Assessment is research based – providing us with valuable information on our students that can be used across the curriculum.
  5. Assessment is standards based – allowing us to drill down to specific categories of skills by student.
  6. Assessments are available at levels 6-12 – allowing us to track growth.
  7. Higher ed assessments are available – providing opportunity to assess college readiness.
  8. “Because of generous support from ILILE, IMLS, and Kent State University, there is no cost for library media specialists and teachers to use TRAILS” (TRAILS website).

“Knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on sixth and ninth grade standards. The Web-based system was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for library media specialists and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students” (TRAILS website).

More About Trails

Sample Questions
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