Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)

Starting in 2015, students will be able to earn credit for a course without spending a set number of hours taking the course in a classroom.

What is CDM?
  • CDM is a 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 is a multi-phased process that includes a written examination and a product.
  • CDM is a way for highly advanced learners to benefit from subject-level acceleration.

 Who is eligible?

  • Any NC public school student who is able to show a deep understanding of the content without seat-time and classroom learning experience.
  • Highly advanced students of the specific content; not intended initially for the masses
  • Student does not need to be identified as AIG
Application window open until December 21, 2017
Download (PDF here), print, complete, and return application to your school.

The CDM Process includes the following:

 Multi-phase assessment

Phase 1:  Student examination demonstrating foundational knowledge, using an EOC, CTE or other LEA exam
üScore must be Level V on EOC (Math I >264, Biology >261,    English II >165), >93 on CTE, and >94 on LEA exam
Phase 2:  Student artifact demonstrating application of knowledge, such as Capstone Projects in CTE courses, interview, or project
Other evidence as LEA deems necessary

Jerry Williamson,
Nov 11, 2014, 8:03 PM