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Math transition benchmark (mtb)

Special Note - If your incoming 7th grade student has not taken the MTB, please see below.

The transition from elementary school to middle school is an important juncture in students' lives. Middle school mathematics forms the critical foundation for mathematics used in high school, college, everyday life, society and the workplace.

The shifts in expectations for college and career readiness now require students to solve non-routine problems, apply mathematics in different contexts, and communicate their reasoning to a variety of audiences.

For further information on the new sixth-grade transition assessment in English and Spanish, use the link below.

Parent Letter - Gr 6 Benchmark Assessment

Grade 6 MTB Scoring Clarification


Assessment Opportunities

This summer we will have two opportunities for incoming 7th grade students to take the NMUSD Math Transition Benchmark (MTB). The MTB is the math assessment all NMUSD 6th grade students took at their elementary school sites in June. The summer MTB testing session is available for students who are new to the district because they moved or previously attended a private school, and for student who missed taking the exam at their elementary school.

DATE: Tuesday July 30, 2019
TIME: 9 - 11am
LOCATION: Sanborn Assemblyroom at the District Office (2985 Bear Street, Costa Mesa CA 92626).

Registration Link:

If students are unable to attend or enroll after July 30th, each middle school site will be able to schedule a paper/pencil version of the exam at their site the week of August 19 - 23.

FAQ - English

FAQ - Spanish

Instructional materials

Kindergarten to Grade 5

Bridges in Math

Bridges (K-5)
Bridges Support for Families
Bridges Welcome (English)
Bridges Welcome (Spanish)

In August 2016, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) Board of Education gave direction to staff to begin the process of evaluating and piloting new elementary math instructional materials.   Through this collaborative, seven month pilot process, NMUSD K-5 teachers and staff have identified Bridges in Mathematics by Math Learning Center as the comprehensive set of kindergarten to fifth grade math instructional materials that will best meet the needs of NMUSD students and teachers. 

As part of the evaluation process, parents and students in pilot classrooms were provided an opportunity to provide feedback on the instructional materials.  Community members were able to review website links to publishers and provide feedback.

Grade 6 - 8

In August 2017, Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) began the process of evaluating and piloting new math instructional materials for sixth through eighth grade. Through the seven month teacher-driven pilot process, teachers and staff identified Illustrative Mathematics as the comprehensive set of sixth through eighth grade math instructional materials for NMUSD students which was approved by the Board of Education on June 12, 2018.

Illustrative Mathematics materials are available for public review on the 
Kendall Hunt website.

Secondary Math Course Pathway Update

Based on the Board’s direction, a determination has been made to maintain the current middle and high school math course pathways. An Enhanced Math 7/8 course will continue to be offered to students who meet criteria from multiple measures of the Math Transition Benchmark, Smarter Balance Assessment, and math grades. 

Illustrative Mathematics instructional materials will be utilized in Math 7, Math 8 and Enhanced Math 7/8 courses. Students successfully completing Enhanced Math 7/8 will be placed in Math I as eighth grade students. 

While NMUSD will maintain current secondary math pathways for the 2019/20 school year, the District will continue to assess and research instructional practices, instructional materials and course pathways that will better support all students meeting the expectations of the state standards for mathematics.

Parent Meeting PowerPoint


Contact Us

John C. Drake
Director, K12 Curriculum & Instruction

Gabriel Del Real

Questions?  Email

Additional Resources for Parents

Please check back for more updates and resources.

Shifts in Math Instruction

GR 6-8 Family Resources