Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is an 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. North Carolina’s public schools provide opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery during the summer, fall, and spring testing windows.
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, NC Final Exam, 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 on or before April 14.