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Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

What is CDM?

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is a process by which LEAs shall, based upon a body-of-evidence, award a student credit in a particular course without requiring the student to complete classroom instruction for a certain amount of seat time. Students will have the opportunity to show deep understanding of content and processes through a multi-phase process which included an examination and a product. Student work on each element will be assessed to determine if it reaches the level necessary to receive course credit. Students who demonstrate mastery will receive course credit, but not grade points. Beginning with the 2014-15 school year, CDM shall be available for all North Carolina students in grades 9-12 for high school courses and in grades 6-8 for high school courses offered in middle school.

In Edgecombe County Public Schools, the CDM process has been used for one testing opportunity during the 2014-15 school year thus far. Course offerings were initially limited to Math I, English II, and Biology. During this initial opportunity, one student attempted to earn high school credit through this process. During the upcoming Spring Semester, the course offerings will be expanded to most high school courses offered at ECPS.

Students will need to submit a Student-Family Application form adhering to the following due dates:  

Application Deadline  

 Tuesday, August 25, 2015  

 Tuesday, January 26, 2016  

 Tuesday, July 12, 2016  



Testing Windows

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Monday, February 1, 2016 - Friday, February 12, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016 - Friday, July 29, 2016

The agreement form is linked on the left side of the page in the navigation column. Further documents regarding CDM, including our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document are also linked to the left. Please feel free to contact your school guidance counselor or Yanisha Mann [ymann@ecps.us] with any questions.
For more information regarding CDM in North Carolina, please visit: http://cdm.ncdpi.wikispace.net/

Required elements: 

  • A standard examination, which shall be the EOC/EOG where applicable, or a final exam developed locally
  • An artifact which requires the student to apply knowledge and skills relevant to the content standards
  • And, for Edgecombe County, a presentation of the artifact to the Review Committee showing deep understanding of the curriculum and application to the artifact

There will be:

  • A testing window per year each Spring, each Summer and each Fall


  • There is NOT a RE-TEST!
  • If a student does Pass the CDM exam and Artifact stages, the school shall NOT grant a numeric or letter grade for the course and shall NOT include the grade in the student's GPA. 
  • Students MAY NOT earn CDM for AP courses, only standard level courses.
  • Students may earn credit using CDM for as many courses as they wish and districts may not impose local limitations.