New Hanover County Schools




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

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

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.

Deadline for Student Fall applications: Sept 7, 2021

The timeline for applying for Credit by Demonstrated Mastery for Fall 2021:

CDM Schedule Fall 2021

August 26-Sept 7    Student application window

By September 10    Test administrators will submit test requests

Sept 20 - Sept 24    CDM assessment (at school sites)

By October 15         CDM assessment results reported to students and families

By November 5       Artifact assigned

December 3            Artifact deadline (to be turned in to CDM School Contact)

By December 10     CDM Review Panel disseminates results  

CDM credit earned in Fall 2021 should inform placement in Spring of 2022 or Fall of 2022