The Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (TRAILS) is an assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards. The free Web-based system was developed by Kent State University Libraries to provide an accessible and flexible tool for school librarians and teachers to identify
Since 8th grade students completed the assessment, teachers, librarians and specialists have been working together to develop a consistent, spiraling curriculum to develop these important skills. Using the data from the assessment, we know that proper MLA citations are an area in which we want to improve so we designed a poster with guidelines about in-text citations and works cited. This poster will be available for teachers in grades 5-12. Research websites are under development for students and teachers to use in class. The 5th and 6th grade Research Stop provides a common set of practices to be used whenever students engage in inquiry/research. Another Research Stop is being developed for grades 7-12. Keep an eye out for posts about how our students are using their research skills to be critical and creative thinkers, purposeful learners, and effective communicators at every level at ASFG.