Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

  • Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) provides the opportunity for students in Durham to personalize and accelerate their learning by earning course credit through a demonstration of course material mastery without the requirement of a specific seat ­time. Students are required to complete a two-phase process in order to demonstrate command of the course material at a level that demonstrates a deep understanding of the content standards and the ability to apply his or her knowledge of the material.
    The process for CDM includes an online application that can be found here, Phase I assessment, and Phase II artifact and/or performance assessment. Students will be required to demonstrate mastery at a superior level at both phases.
    Access to the CDM process is open to all NC public school students for courses in grades 9-­12 and high school courses offered in grades 6-8, except for the following:
    • English Language Learner (ELL) courses
    • Healthful Living required courses
    • AP/IB courses, CTE courses that are work-based (coop, internship, apprenticeship); require a clinical setting (ProStart, Early Childhood Education I/II, and Nursing Fundamentals); and/or Advanced Studies


    Testing Windows for 2022-2023

    Fall 2022: Application Closed

    Spring 2023: Application Deadline Feb. 7th, 11:55 p.m.

    • EOC Course Testing Window (Math 1, Math 3, Biology, English 2): February 22-28

    • Non-EOC Course Testing Window:  February 15- February 28

    Summer 2023: Application Deadline June 9

    •  July: Exact dates will be confirmed mid-April 2023

    DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR SPRING TESTING: February 7, 11:55 p.m.


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