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Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy

Dekalb County Schools

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2022 Fall MAP Parent Letter


McNair Discovery Learning Academy 

2162 Second Avenue 

Decatur, GA  30032 

678.875.3402 (main office) 

678.875.3410 (fax) 

August 11, 2022

Dear Parent,

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) utilizes the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) which is administered three times a year - Fall, Winter, and Spring. 
The Assessment Administration Department for the DeKalb County School District has set the Fall MAP testing window to open on Monday, August 8, 2022, and close on Friday, September 30, 2022.   McNair Discovery Learning Academy will begin the week of August 22, 2022.
MAP Growth tests from NWEA® are unique in that they are adaptive tests taken on a computer or tablet. This means the test questions will become more difficult when your child answers a question correctly and easier when your child answers a question incorrectly.   The information presented on the test is aligned with the Georgia Department of Education curriculum and is the same information that your child should have already been exposed to in school.
If, based on your child’s IEP, 504-IAP, or EL-TPC plan, there are standard allowable accommodations that your child may receive on the Fall MAP assessment they will be provided as outlined in their plans.
In addition to being a valuable instructional tool for teachers, the Fall MAP test administration window is utilized for Magnet and Gifted eligibility screening for grades K – 10. In addition to the Fall window, the Winter window is utilized for Magnet and Gifted eligibility for grades K – 2. 
The below chart details the MAP assessments students must participate in by grade level band. 

MAP Test Administration Participation
Grade Level Band
Language Usage
Grades K – 2 


Grades 3 – 5 
Grades 6-8
Grades 9-10

For more information about MAP Growth, visit:

Shaun Wells, Principal


LAUNCHPAD is a student portal that provides access to the students’ Office 365 accounts as well as a multitude of digital academic resources that are provided by the district. With Launchpad, students are able to integrate technology in the classroom while maximizing instructional time. Launchpad is a dynamic tool that changes resources as the needs of the students change. It is easily accessible from any mobile device.
How to Login
  1. Go to the following URL:
  2. Username is [email protected] (e.g., [email protected])
  3. Password (Ask the classroom teacher will provide that information).
  4. The portal screen should appear.

Infinite Campus Portal

Parents you can login or set up an Infinite Campus Parent Portal account for yourself or your student online by following the steps below:
2. New users will need an Activation Key to setup their account. To obtain your Activation Key Click Here.
3. Once the district sends you the Activation key you may enter it. Click Here.
4. Follow the remaining instructions to complete the setup.
5. If you already have an account but forgot your login information, you may use the "Forgot Username or Password" link. 
6. If you have any questions, please email Stephanie Taylor at [email protected]

Virtual School Handbook

Chromebook Optional Insurance

Reading Links

Parents please assist your child(ren) with becoming a better reader by using these links below.

Math Links

Parent please help your child(ren) improve in math by using these links.

Science Links

Parents please help your child(ren) improve their understanding of science by utilizing these web links.

Social Studies Links

Parents please help your child(ren) improve in Social Studies by using these links.

STEM Links

Educational Video About Our Visionary the Late Dr. Ronald E. McNair

Parents Please share this video with your children. This is an opportunity to the discuss the vision and legacy of Dr. Ronald E. McNair.