Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

Earning Course Credit Without Seat Time

What is CDM?

Did you know high school students can earn course credit without actually taking a semester-long class? It may seem unusual, but it is true. Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) offers students the opportunity to personalize and accelerate their learning by earning course credit through a demonstration of mastery of course material. If the established requirements are met, the school district will award credit in a particular course without requiring the student to complete classroom instruction for a certain amount of seat time.

What are the requirements?

In order to prove "mastery" of content material, a student must:

1) take an assessment (similar to an EOC or NCFE) and meet the minimum score:

Non-EOC courses: 94

CTE courses: 93

EOC Courses: Math I: > 264 (Level 4) Biology: > 261 (Level 4) English II > 165 (Level 4)


2) submit an artifact which requires the student to apply knowledge and skills relevant to the content standards (the artifact will be assigned by the school district)

Who is eligible?

Students in grades 9-12 are eligible to request CDM consideration. The student may NOT have previously taken the course. CDM is not credit recovery; it is "placing out" of a course prior to taking it. Therefore, there are set time frames for satisfying the CDM requirements. Your school counselor can provide information regarding these timelines.

How do I get more information about CDM?

Your high school counselor can provide additional information regarding CDM. You may also contact Amy Thornton, NRMPS Educational Specialist, for more details.