Students who want to accelerate their coursework to achieve their academic goals may apply for Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM). The CDM process allows students to earn credit in a particular course by demonstrating proficiency in the subject without completing the classroom instruction. All North Carolina students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply for Credit by Demonstrated Mastery in the available courses.
Credit by Demonstrated Mastery is a two-phase process:
Phase I: Establishes that a student has a strong foundational knowledge of a subject area, assessed through an End of Course test or exam. The student must achieve a Level 5 on the EOC/state assessment or 90% correct on the local exam, then the student may move on to Phase II.
Phase II: Establishes that a student can demonstrate and apply mastery knowledge of the course content. A student must provide an assigned artifact assessed by a school review team in order achieve credit for the course.
The timeline for applying for Credit by Demonstrated Mastery for the Fall of 2018:
|August 13–31||Student Application window|
|By September 7||Test Coordinators submit tests requests|
|September 19||CDM Assessment at school sites|
|September 21 or 24||CDM make-up assessment dates|
|October 15||CDM phase I results reported to students and families|
|October 22||Artifact assigned to students going on to phase II|
|November 26||Artifact deadline (turned in to school CDM contact)|
|By December 14||CDM Review Panel disseminates results|