New Hanover County Schools




NHCS Students May Apply for Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)

Deadline for Spring applications: Feb. 3, 2020

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 to achieve credit for the course.
The timeline for applying for Credit by Demonstrated Mastery for the Spring 2020:
Jan. 6 - Feb. 3
Student Application window
Applications turned in to Gifted Education Specialist, who will counsel students on CDM
By Feb. 7 Test Coordinators submit tests requests
Feb. 17-20 CDM Assessment at school sites
March 2 CDM phase I results reported to students and families
By March 9 Artifact assigned to students continuing to phase II
By April 17 Artifact deadline (should be turned in to school CDM contact)
By May 6 CDM Review Panel disseminates results
CDM credit earned in Spring 2020 should inform placement in Fall 2020 or Spring of 2021
Visit for a link to the CDM application.  To learn more about CDM, visit DPI’s CDM website, or contact your school’s CDM Coordinator for more information.