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

Deadline: September 6, 2019
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 Fall of 2019:
Aug 12–Sept. 6   Student Application window
                             Apps turned in to GES. GES must counsel students on CDM 
By Sept 13          Test Coordinators submit tests requests
Sept 23 - 27        CDM Assessment at school sites
Oct 14                 CDM phase I results reported to students and families
Oct 21                 Artifact assigned to students continuing to phase II
Nov 25                Artifact deadline (should be turned in to school CDM contact)
By Dec. 16          CDM Review Panel disseminates results
CDM credit earned in Fall 2019 should inform placement in Spring 2020 or Fall of 2020
Click here 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.