Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)

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    What is Credit by Demonstrated Mastery?  

    Credit By Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is the process in which a student earns course credit by demonstrating mastery in the course content without taking the class. This is a multi-step process. In Phase One, students must take a comprehensive exam, score 90% or above to demonstrate mastery before they can proceed to Phase Two. In Phase Two, the student must produce an artifact, which includes a career link, that further demonstrates mastery of the curriculum. The deadline for submitting an application to challenge a course is June 16.  Applications can be found electronically on the district webpage under the AIG Department or arrange a time to pick up a paper copy from your school site.  If you are interested or have further questions, please contact your school counselor. 


    In 2013, GCS-M-001 Policy Defining “Course for Credit,” was approved by the State Board of Education.  Within this policy are guidelines for offering Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) to North Carolina students. CDM is the process in which local education agencies employ a body-of-evidence to award a student credit in a particular course without requiring the student to complete classroom instruction for a certain amount of seat time. The CDM process is open to all NC public school students in grades 9–12 in high school courses. Some courses do not apply. 

    Please refer to the complete CDM Implementation Guide for details.

    Where is the application that students and families need to complete in conjunction with the school guidance counselor?
    Students and families will need to pick up an application from the school counselor or print the form.
    A student and a member of the student's family will be required to meet with the school counselor to discuss the implications of CDM, All stakeholders will have to sign the application before it will be submitted to the district office.
    What is the timeline for CDM to happen?
    22 - 23 Testing Windows
    Fall 2022 - September 19 - 30
    Spring 2023 - February 15 - 28
    Summer 2023 - July 18 - 31

    Please contact the school counselor for upcoming DPI CDM testing windows.


    If CDM is pursued for Biology, Math I, or English II then the EOC MUST be used in the testing phase and must be administered online.  If CDM is pursued for a course in which there is an NCFE then the NCFE MAY be used or a local exam developed.  If the NCFE is used then it MUST be administered online.
    Remember, students are trying to demonstrate mastery the semester before the class is scheduled.