Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)

  • cdm

    What is Credit by Demonstrated Mastery?  

    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 see the complete Implementation Guide for specific 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 it from here.
    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.
    When can a student use CDM? What is the timeline for CDM to happen?
    Spring CDM Timeline:
    August: Applications will be due
    September: Testing for Phase 1 
    October: Report results to families
    November/ December: Students who successfully completed Phase 1 will complete Phase 2
    January: Report results to families. If student completes both Phases, Spring schedules will be amended as needed.
    Fall CDM Timeline:  2019-2020 School Year
    January: Applications will be due January 15, 2019
    February: Testing for Phase 1 
    March: Report results to families
    May: Report results to families. If student completes both Phases, Fall schedules will be amended as needed.

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

     CDM Wiki: 

    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.