Department of Curriculum and Instruction

The Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology of Holly Area Schools is committed to ensuring that every student is provided access to high quality, rigorous, and effective instruction.  This is accomplished through a focus on best instructional practices and differentiated instruction to meet the unique needs of each learner.

Our curriculum is aligned with the State and National Standards.  All of our schools follow the same curriculum at each grade level.  The district recently earned Systems Accreditation status through the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, a national commission dedicated to improving student performance.  This means that Holly Area Schools and all of its schools are accredited.  Accreditation also demonstrates to our students, parents, and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators. 

Over the past few years, our department in collaboration with principals and teachers has met some very ambitious goals.  The following are some of the highlighted efforts to increase teaching and learning across the district.

  • Implemented a uniform school improvement process
  • Developed a new elementary schedule structure
  • Adopted a new and improved teacher evaluation system
  • Modernized student computers across the district
  • Engaged principals in an administrative professional learning community
  • Increased teacher leader capacity through the addition of department and data advisors
  • Implemented an aligned and documented curriculum in HAS Atlas Rubicon
  • Continued the development of local common assessments in grades Y5 – 12
  • Partnered with Battle Creek Math & Science Center to train K – 5 teachers on new NGSS Science Standards and provide students with aligned curriculum resources
  • Partnered with Oakland Schools to provide training for 6 – 12 science teachers on the new NGSS Science Standards
  • Developed a new universal data protocol to improve the way teachers collect and analyze data

The Holly Area Schools curriculum can be found online.  Please go to Holly Area Schools Atlas Curriculum.


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Dear Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s):

Thank you for allowing Holly Area Schools to be part of your child’s education.

In this section of the website, we are including documents and links from the Michigan Department of Education about the M-Step (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress).

The M-STEP includes a computer-adaptive format in English Language Arts and Math (grades 3 – 8), an online fixed form assessment for Science (grades 4, 7, & 11) and Social Studies (grades 5, 8 & 11) and performance tasks in English Language Arts for grades 5 & 8 and in Math for grades 3 through 8.  Students in grade 11 also take the SAT and ACT WorkKeys. 

For more information regarding Michigan’s new state assessment, M-STEP, please click on the following link.,4615,7-140-22709_70117---,00.html

As a district, we continue to work diligently to prepare for changes in testing from the Michigan Department of Education.   While we continue with these efforts, our focus continues to be on delivering quality instruction that will prepare our students to think critically, problem solve, communicate, and apply their knowledge for any test they may take.

Thank you for taking a few moments to read this update about the M-STEP. 


Scott M. Roper

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology

Assessment Resources

PDF Document3 Year M-Step Calendar

PDF DocumentEducation Assessment - What It Is, What It Means, and What It Offers

PDF DocumentGuide to State Assessments - Spring 2017

PDF DocumentHow to Read Your Child's Score Report - Grades 3 to 8

PDF DocumentHow to Read Your Child's Score Reprot - Grade 11

PDF DocumentM-Step Parent Letter

PDF DocumentStudent Testing - What Parents Can Do To Help Students Prepare

Positive 2017 State Assessment Results for Holly Area Schools

Each spring, our students participate in Michigan’s statewide summative tests.   

  • The M-Step - students in grades 3 - 8
  • The PSAT - students in grades 9 & 10
  • The MME - students in grade 11
    • The MME includes the SAT, the ACT WorkKeys, M-Step Science, and M-Step Social Studies.  

State assessment results are designed to provide information on student knowledge and ability in relation to grade-level content standards.  Schools use the results to help plan curriculum and determine school improvement initiatives.  

From this year’s results, we see a number of positive takeaways for Holly Area Schools.

  • HAS students scored at or above the state average in 30 different areas among the tested grade levels.  
  • With the exception of only two areas, HAS students scored above the state average in all grade levels at all four elementary buildings, the middle school, and high school in English Language Arts (ELA)!  
  • HAS experienced an increase in the percentage of students proficient in Math from the Spring 2016 to Spring 2017 in nearly 75% of the scorable areas among all tested grade levels at the elementary and middle school.  
  • HAS students scored above the state average at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels in Social Studies.  
  • HAS students scored above the state average at the middle school and high school in Science.

Overall, we continue to see positive growth with our achievement.  This year’s results represent some of our highest scores in years.  It should also be noted that our dedication and commitment to our students goes well beyond preparing them for a single statewide standardized assessment.  Our passion for continuous improvement of teaching and learning through our aligned school improvement initiatives provide the added benefit of overall achievement gains no matter what assessment or measurement is being administered.  One does not need to look much further than our buildings and classrooms to see evidence of the great many things that students are learning and achieving at Holly Area Schools.  

Congratulations to our students, parents, teachers, and principals for their hard work.  I am very excited about what the coming years will bring with continued progress towards our goals as we further dedicate ourselves to our school improvement initiatives.  


Scott M. Roper
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, & Technology 

PDF DocumentPositive 2017 State Assessment Results for Holly Area Schools

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Jennifer Herbstreit

Karl Richter Campus
Assistant Superintendent
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Kathryn Highfield

Karl Richter Campus
Curriculum and Staff Development