Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)

What is Credit By Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)?

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is the process by which a student may earn credit for a high school course by demonstrating a deep understanding of the content; without course enrollment or seat time. CDM was designed to respond to the needs of students, families, AIG community, school personnel and leadership.

CDM specifically offers North Carolina students the opportunity to personalize and accelerate their learning, thus allowing for optimal student growth while providing an opportunity to have effective seat time to learn new content. 

How does a student earn CDM?

Students shall demonstrate mastery through a multiphase assessment, consisting of:

Phase 1: A standard examination, which shall be the EOC/EOG where applicable, or a final exam developed locally; and

Phase 2: An artifact which requires the student to apply knowledge and skills relevant to the content standards.    

While the CDM process is open to all students, it not designed for whole groups of students. Likewise, it is not intended to replace the general accelerated pathways local school districts often provide for advanced students.

Timeline:

August / September: Share CDM opportunities with students/families. Student Application deadline, exam window opened, test administration. The deadline for student CDM applications no less than one week prior to each testing window
Testing Window: September 17- October 14, 2020
October / November / December: Provide results to students/families, artifact presentations, school-level artifact review. Provide results students/families. Appeal reviews.
January / February: Share CDM opportunities with students/families. Student application deadline, exam window opened, test administration.
Testing Window: February 15- March 12, 2021
March / April / May: Provide results to students/families, artifact presentations, school-level artifact review. Provide results to students/families. Appeal reviews.
Summer Timeline:  Share CDM opportunities with students/families. Student Application deadline, exam window opened, test administration (July).  Provide results to students/families, artifact presentations, school-level artifact review. Provide results students/families (Aug-Sept).

 

Testing Window: July -TBD 

 

Important CDM Links

North Carolina’s Implementation Guide for Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

Procedural Guidelines for Implementing Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)