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Information Literacy Assessment Pilot: FAQs

Information about the Information Literacy Assessment Pilot

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Threshold Achievement Test for Information Literacy (TATIL)?

The TATIL is a 4-module assessment tool that measures the information literacy abilities of students. It is specifically designed to address the threshold concepts introduced in the Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy.

TATIL Modules:

Evaluating Process and Authority

Strategic Searching

Research and Scholarship

The Value of Information

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What should I do if I am interested in participating?

Click here to submit your contact information or contact :


Diane Dalrymple   407-582-2887

  Courtney Moore




Osceola and Lake Nona Karene Best





Regina Seguin


Winter Park

Ben Mittag


Where will students take the test?

Faculty participating in the pilot may book a computer room by contacting a librarian. A librarian will also be present to proctor the test. In addition, students can be given a link to take the test off campus at their convenience. This option allows students the flexibility to break the testing period up into smaller sections.


How soon will I get the results?

Test results for the Fall should be available in the Spring of the following year.


When is the test offered?

The 4 modules are being released at different times between 2015 and 2016. The release time frame is as follows:

Evaluating Process & Authority Now Available
Strategic Searching Now Available
Research & Scholarship Now Available
The Value of Information Now Available


What are the benefits of participating in this pilot?

Often times, instructors get to see the final product of a paper or speech but not the process the student took to complete the assignment. The TATIL will allow us to peek behind the curtain and gain new insight into how our students find, use, and interact with information. As a result, instructors will have guidance on how to teach to students' unique information needs.

Additionally, the TATIL can help refine assignments by highlighting areas in the research process where students may struggle. Instructors would then have more guidance about the type of assignments, sources, and documentation to include for coursework.


Do students have to take the test in one sitting?

While completing the test in one sitting is preferable, students may reopen an uncompleted test.


What if a student misses the test date? Will there be a makeup day?

Each module will be administered over a short period of time. Arrangements can be made for students who might have missed a class session to either test with another class or get an individual student key to take the test on their own.


What is ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy?

ACRL's Framework outlines 6 foundational concepts that information literate students should be able to understand and demonstrate. The Framework is a product of collaboration among librarians, faculty, information professionals, and other affiliated parties in order to address the complexities of the current information ecosystem.

The six concepts are as follows:

Authority is Constructed and Contextual

Information Creation as a Process

Information has Value

Research as Inquiry

Scholarship as Conversation

Searching as Strategic Exploration

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Will the TATIL be offered every year?

Future offerings of the TATIL are dependent upon our pilot results of the test.


What do questions on the TATIL look like?

The TATIL is composed of multiple choice questions that highlight the critical thinking process and skills needed in information literacy.


Will results for individual students be available?

No. The TATIL will report on student results as a cohort.


Can online students participate in the pilot?

Yes. Please contact a member of the pilot's committee for further information.

Where can I find more information about Valencia’s Information Literacy Assessment Pilot?

What is Project Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (SAILS)?

The Project for Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (SAILS) is a Kent State University initiative to develop an instrument for standardized assessment of information literacy skills. From the outset, they envisioned a standardized tool that is valid and reliable; contains items not specific to a particular institution or library but rather assesses at an institutional level; is easily administered; and provides for both external and internal benchmarking. With such a tool, we will have the ability to measure information literacy skills, gather national data, provide norms, and compare information literacy measures with other indicators of student achievement.

They applied systematic instructional design to develop the test questions, using item response theory (IRT) as the measurement model, and thus created a bank of test questions of varying difficulty levels to measure information literacy. The test items are based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Use of these standards maximizes the ability of the instrument to be used by a wide variety of academic institutions for internal and external benchmarking.

Beginning in 2001, Project SAILS brought together a team of experts in librarianship, test design and measurement, data analysis, and programming, with a three-year research and development phase involving more than 80 higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada culminated in 2006 in the production version of the SAILS test of information literacy skill.

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