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Credit by Demonstrated Mastery Spring Window Opens

cdm picFor the past three semesters, NCCS has piloted the state’s Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) option for students who wish to receive credit for a course they have not completed by demonstrating that they have mastered the content of the course.  Beginning in February, students in grades 7-12 can receive credit for a course by demonstrating mastery through a two phase process.  In Phase I, students take a summative assessment – EOC, NC Final Exam, CTE Elements, or a teacher-made assessment.  If the student achieves the state’s minimum set cut off score for this assessment, he or she then moves on to Phase II – developing an artifact or portfolio to demonstrate mastery.  The artifact might take the shape of a major project, paper, presentation, or combination of these.  Phase II assessments will cover 80% of the standards of the course.

Students who receive CDM will not receive a grade in the course nor quality points on their GPA.  They will receive a standard credit.

This 6 minute video provides an overview of the CDM process and NCCS CDM website.

For more information about CDM, to access the application and other forms, read frequently asked questions, see what courses are available, visit the NCCS Credit by Demonstrated Mastery website.  Letters and applications will go home with NCCS 7th – 11th graders this week.

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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