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 2021-2022

    Spring 2022

    • EOC Course Testing Window (Math 1, Math 3, Biology, English 2): February 21 – March 4

    • Year Round/Traditional Schools: February 21-25

    • Specialty Schools: February 28 - March 4

    • Non-EOC Courses / Testing Window:  February 1 – March 25

    • Summer Testing Window: July – Exact dates to be determined.


    DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR SPRING TESTING: EOC Courses, February 14; Non-EOC Courses, February 25


    More questions? See our FAQs here.
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