District, State, and National Assessments

Michigan State Assessment Guide for Parents

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC):

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a state-led consortium working to develop next generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college-and career readiness.  Smarter balanced is one of two multi-state consortia awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 to develop an assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Students at Holton Public Schools will implement the SBAC Assessments fully for the first time in the 2014-2015 school year.


The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is developing a system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English Language Arts / Literacy and Mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The system, which includes both summative assessments for accountability purposes and optional interim assessments for instructional use, will use computer adaptive testing technologies to the greatest extent possible to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed.


  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Item Specific Tasks
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Practice Tests

Michigan Merit Exam

Holton High School students in grade 11 are required to take the Michigan Merit Exam (MME). The MME is a high school level assessment that is made up of the following components:

  • College Board SAT® with Essay Evidence-Based Reading & Writing and Math
  • ACT® WorkKeys® job skills assessment Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents
  • M-STEP Science and Social Studies

ACT WorkKeys®

ACT WorkKeys® is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. As a part of ACT's Work Readiness System, ACT WorkKeys® has helped millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies build their skills to increase global competitiveness and develop successful career pathways. Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys® assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).


  • An Overview of the WorkKeys® Assessment
  • WorkKeys® Online Practice Assessments
  • Understanding WorkKeys® Assessment Scores