Moore County's Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) page

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM)

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery is a process by which students earn credit for a course without requiring the student to complete any seat time in the course. Students must complete a 2 phase process to earn credit for the course. Some students may choose to complete the CDM process for the purpose of accelerating and moving into another more advanced course.

Credit by Demonstrated Mastery is available for students in grades 9-12 for high school courses and in grades 6-8 for high school courses offered in middle school (World History, Math 1). Please note that middle school students may only attempt CDM utilizing the spring timeline to inform courses for Fall scheduling.

If you have questions about whether a course is eligible for CDM or about the CDM process, please contact the Specialist for Advanced Studies.


CDM Fall 2019 Timeline (to inform Spring 2020 classes)
CDM Spring 2020 Timeline (to inform Fall 2020 classes)

Complete and submit Credit by Demonstrated Mastery Application to School Counselor
(Link to Spanish version)
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School counselor will contact family for appointment to discuss application.
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Phase 1 Assessment of foundational knowledge through NC Final Exam, EOC, or locally developed exam.
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Student and family notified of results of Phase 1

Student does not qualify for Credit by Demonstrated Mastery based on Phase 1
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Two way arrow Student does qualify by earning a 90 (non-EOC and CTE courses) or a minimum scale score in EOC courses (Math I- 264; Biology- 261; English II- 165), and moves onto Phase 2- Performance based task

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Content specific panel review of performance based task
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School/District Student CDM Review Panel evaluates Phase 1 and Phase 2 Assessments for foundational knowledge and deeper understanding of content to determine qualification
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Student and family notified of panel's recommendation
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No. Student does not qualify for CDM. Family notified of appeal process Two way arrow Yes. Student qualifies for earning CDM. Course and credit will be noted on student transcript with appropriate placement for following term.
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  • 5277 Hwy. 15-501 South, Carthage, NC 28327
  • 910-947-2976
  • 910-947-3011
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