[Library Media] Fwd: TRAILS: New features and an important request for volunteers

JaNae KINIKIN jkinikin at weber.edu
Sat Sep 22 14:50:25 MDT 2012

Some of you may be interested in participating in this.
JaNae Kinikin
Science Librarian
Stewart  Library
2901 University Circle
Weber State University
Ogden, UT 84408-2901
jkinikin at weber.edu

>>> K Burhanna <kburhanna at gmail.com> 9/11/2012 2:21 PM >>>

Dear TRAILS Users:

The TRAILS team welcomes our users to the new school year! Last year
TRAILS registered over 2,300 new users, and its assessments were
administered to over 200,000 students. TRAILS’ standards-based
assessments for the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade levels continue to be
available to you at no charge. 
Coming in September you will see alignment of TRAILS items with the
Common Core State Standards, addition of images to select TRAILS-3
items, and national benchmarks based on 2011-12 data.
IMPORTANT request: Volunteers needed to establish validity of TRAILS

Grant funding from Martha Holden Jennings Foundation and LSTA makes it
possible for work to be undertaken to establish the validity of the
general assessments at each of the TRAILS grade levels. This analysis
will insure that the items are measuring what they are intended to do.
We need school librarians who are willing to help by having their
students at the specific TRAILS grade level take a special assessment
comprised of all of the items making up General Assessments 1 and 2 for
that grade level. When logging in to take this special assessment, each
student will be asked to indicate gender and race/ethnicity. As with all
other TRAILS information, this will be completely anonymous. This
information will help us insure that the TRAILS assessments are not
skewed by gender or race/ethnicity. Following administration of the
assessment, the usual TRAILS reports on student performance will be
available to you.

If you choose to participate, you will have until Friday, December 14
to administer this special assessment to your students. The number of
items making up a Total Item Assessment varies by grade: 
TRAILS-3 -- 30 items TRAILS-6 -- 40 items TRAILS-9 -- 50 items
TRAILS-12 -- 60 items 

We appreciate that this is a significant request we are making of you.
Please complete this form 


by Wednesday, September 26 if you are able to assist with this
important step in our validity project. You will be contacted later in
September with directions for proceeding. 
Thank you for considering if you and your students can help.
TRAILS is a service 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.
The TRAILS team wishes to thank and acknowledge Dr. Barbara F. Schloman
who has tirelessly advocated for TRAILS to be freely available to the
K-20 community. Dr. Schloman recently retired from Kent State University
Libraries, but will continue as a member of the TRAILS team.
Best wishes on a productive school year, and as always, thanks for your
ongoing interest in TRAILS,


Ken Burhanna
TRAILS Project Director
Associate Professor
Head, Instructional Services
Kent State University Libraries
Kent, OH 44242
voice: 330-672-1660 ( tel:330-672-1660 )
fax: 330-672-3964 ( tel:330-672-3964 )
e-mail: kburhann at kent.edu

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