Click HERE for the LCPS MAP webpage for parents.


    What is MAP?

    MAP stands for Measure of Academic Progress.  MAP provides student growth data to support the LCPS Building Blocks of Powerful Planning, Personalized Learning, Data to Support Student Success, and Assessment and Internal Accountability to meet the needs of all students.  The MAP assessment provides immediate results regarding student readiness to learn, flexible grouping and differentiation, growth data, and proficiency.  MAP Growth uses the RIT (Rausch Unit) scale to help measure and compare academic growth.  Specifically, the scale measures levels in academic difficulty.  Schools and teachers use MAP Growth data, aligned to the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL), to support personalized instruction, meet your child's individual learning needs, and inform course placement decisions along with other related data.


    When do students take the MAP assessment?

    Students take the MAP assessment 3 times throughout the year, in the fall (September), winter (December), and spring (March).  


    For which subjects will students take the MAP assessment? 

    Currently, students take a Reading and a Math MAP assessment, at each of the three testing windows.


    What is a RIT score? 

    RIT stands for Rausch UnIT and is a number based on the zone of proximal development (ZPD).  The RIT score is the score given to students when they take a MAP assessment.   It may be easier to think of RIT as "Ready for Instruction Today".  Specifically, the RIT scale measures students' readiness to learn and levels in academic and conceptual difficulty.  The specific RIT score represents the difficulty level of questions that a student can answer correctly about half of the time.  That difficulty level is the point where a student is ready to learn, having enough background to engage in the instruction but not yet at mastery level.



    How can I get access to MAP data as a parent?

    In ParentVUE, parents can see their child's MAP national percentile rank for Reading and Math for the fall, winter, and spring administrations.  A student's percentile rank is the percentage of students that had a MAP score less than or equal to this student's score according to the most recent NWEA RIT Scale Norms study.  It compares a student's score to other students around the country and provides an overview of how a student has performed relative to others in their same grade level.  For example, a 3rd grade student with a national percentile rank of 49 has a MAP Growth score that is equal or higher than 49% of all 3rd graders nationally who took MAP within the same time period.  Scores will be loaded into Phoenix after the end of each testing window.  After the spring assessment, parents will also be able to see their child's conditional growth percentile and MAP Student Progress Report as a PDF.



    Where can I find more information about MAP?

    Click here for a Parent's Toolkit to MAP.