Credit by Demonstrated Mastery 

 

As we continue remote learning, in light of COVID-19 and the extended school building closures, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is providing some FAQs regarding Credit by Demonstrated Mastery, CCRE-001. CDM remains an instructional practice that will help us to differentiate and accelerate students who have a clearly expressed need. 

CDM Frequently Asked Questions due to COVID-19

What is Credit by Demonstrated Mastery? 

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is the 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 was designed to respond to the needs of students, families, AIG community, school personnel and leadership.

CDM specifically offers North Carolina students the opportunity to personalize and accelerate their learning, thus allowing for optimal student growth while providing an opportunity to have effective seat time to learn new content. 

How does a student earn CDM?

Students shall demonstrate mastery through a multiphase assessment, consisting of:

Phase 1: A standard examination, which shall be the EOC/EOG where applicable, or a final exam developed locally; and

Phase 2: An artifact which requires the student to apply knowledge and skills relevant to the content standards.    

While the CDM process is open to all students, it not designed for whole groups of students. Likewise, it is not intended to replace the general accelerated pathways local school districts often provide for advanced students.

Selected CDM Implementation Resources

The CDM Implementation Guide was developed to support districts and charter schools in implementing the CDM policy efficiently and effectively. The guide contains suggestions for developing teams at the school and/or district level to support the CDM process and looks at short and longterm considerations for implementation. 

The CDM Procedural Guide from Accountability Services is updated each year to support testing and accountability directors in ensuring appropriate steps are taken to follow the CDM policy. The guide includes procedures for setting up test administration sessions for state-administered assessments within the outlined testing windows and procedures to ensure students receive appropriate credit upon successful completion of the CDM process.