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Students are able to earn credit for a course without spending a set number of hours taking the course in a classroom if mastery of course content can be demonstrated. 
 
Under the state's new Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) option, uniquely qualified students may "test out" or bypass a course if they have already mastered the content.
 
The program provides another opportunity for students to learn new content and challenge themselves with the next level of rigor in a subject.  This option is not designed to replace existing accelerated pathways, such as the Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program at Iredell-Statesville Schools.
 
The CDM option is available to all students in North Carolina under State Board of Education policy SBE-GCS-M-001, Section 13.
 
 
Eligibility
 
All students in North Carolina Public Schools for high school courses in grades 9-12 and high school courses offered in grades 6-8 in middle school, based on school district's availability. 
 
 
Fall Timeline-Attempting to earn CDM during fall semester for courses scheduled in the Spring:
  • August-September-Students /Family contacts school of interest in CDM and completes Student/Parent Agreement found at bottom of page
  • All Student/Parent agreements must be submitted to the school counselor by September 16th
  • During last two weeks of September student will complete Phase 1 of the CDM Assessment Process (Phase 1 involves the student being administered the appropriate examination for the course he/she is seeking credit. This could be an EOC or some other final exam)
  • During first two weeks of October results of Phase 1 will be shared with student/family
  • If student successfully completes Phase 1 then student will then be invited to complete Phase 2 of the CDM Assessment Process during the remainder of October (Phase 2 includes student completion of actual work artifacts that can be reviewed)
  • First two weeks of November a school-level artifact review will be conducted, this can include student interview
  • Mid-November results will be provided to student/family, needed schedule changes will be sent to counselor, a ten-day appeal window will begin 
  • First week of December appeals are conducted
  • Second week of December final appeal decisions are made, shared with student/family, spring schedules adjusted if needed
 
Spring Timeline-Attempting to earn CDM during spring semester for courses scheduled in the fall:
 
  •  January-February Students/Family contacts school of interest in CDM and completes student/parent agreement found at bottom of   page.
  • All Student/Parent agreements submitted to the school by February 10th
  • During last two weeks of February student completes Phase 1 of the CDM Assessment Process (Phase 1 involves the student being administered the appropriate examination for the course he/she is seeking credit. This could be an EOC or some other final exam)
  • During first two weeks of March results of Phase 1 will be shared with student/family
  • If student successfully completes Phase 1 then student will then be invited to complete Phase 2 of the CDM Assessment Process during the remainder of March (Phase 2 includes student completion of actual work artifacts that can be reviewed)
  • First two weeks of April a school-level artifact review will be conducted, this can include student interview
  • Mid-April results will be provided to student/family, needed schedule changes will be sent to counselor, a ten-day appeal window will begin 
  • First week of May appeals are conducted
  • Second week of May final appeal decisions are made, shared with student/family, spring schedules adjusted if needed
 Summer Timeline-for students attempting to earn credit during the summer for courses scheduled in the fall:
 ***This time period is reserved for students that move into the district after the spring window or who missed the spring window due to extenuating circumstances.  Summer consideration in on a case by case basis and student/family should contact the school within the month of June if interested.  No consideration will be given after June 30th.  Timeline will be established as needed. 
 
 
Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Healthful Living, and some Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are not eligible.  
 
 
 
 
 How credits will appear on transcripts
  • Students will not receive a letter grade for the course.
  • Students who successfully complete the process will receive a "pass" result on their transcripts for the course, and will be eligible to enroll in the next level course in that subject area.
  • Students who do not earn the course credit will not be penalized.  Results of the assessment process will not be reflected in the student's grades or school transcript.
  • Students may make one attempt to earn credit per course.  Retests are not offered.
 
Questions?
Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document below for common topics.  For all other questions, contact your school counselor or email CDMquestions@iss.k12.nc.us.
Last Modified on October 10, 2016
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