Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)

What is Credit By Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)?

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) provides the opportunity for students to personalize and accelerate their learning by earning course credit through a demonstration of mastery of course material without the requirement of specific seat time. Students are required to complete at two-phase process in order to demonstrate master and command of course material at a level that demonstrates a deep understanding of the content standards and the ability to apply his or her knowledge of the material. The process and procedures for CDM will include an application and timeline for Phase I (assessments) and Phase II (artifacts and performance assessments). Students will be required to demonstrate mastery at a superior level on all assessments.

Who is eligible for CDM?

Access to the CDM process is open to all NC public school students in grades 9-12. CDM is offered for all high school courses (and those high school courses offered in middle school) with the exception of the following:

  • CTE work-based learning courses (co-op, internship, apprenticeship)
  • CTE courses that have a clinical setting as a requirement of the course
  • CTE Advanced Studies courses
  • English Language Learner (ELL) courses
  • Healthful Living Learner required courses
  • AP/IB courses
What is the process for acquiring high school credit through CDM?
  • Students will apply for Credit by Demonstrated Mastery.
  • Students will take the assessment for the course (Phase I)
  • Students will be notified of Phase II requirements (artifacts and/or performance assessments) if they have met the superior level on the course assessment (Phase I)
Timeline:
  • August / September: Share CDM opportunities with students/families. Student Application deadline, exam window opened, test administration.
  • 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.
  • 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).