Student & Family Guide to 
Credit by Demonstrated Mastery


Applications for CDM are available. The form may be printed from the list of attachments below or obtained from your school counselor.


Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is a statewide policy allowing a student to receive credit for high school courses without completing the traditional seat-time requirement.  CDM is open to all high school students and to middle school students taking high school courses offered in middle school.  

As a general summary, CDM includes the following elements:


The CDM process recognizes that individual students may have gained a deep understanding of certain subjects outside of regular classroom instruction. CDM allows the student with exceptional course content mastery to earn credit and move on to the next sequential course or other high school content of interest.     

The YouTube video inserted below provides an introduction to Credit by Demonstrated Mastery, including important information about the CDM process, eligible courses, and awarding of credit. 

NOTE: Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, the state required proficiency score for Career & Technical Education (CTE) "Phase 1: Testing" is 90 (previously this score was 93).  This change reflects the shift to the statewide 10-point grading scale.

Feedback collected from teachers and parents during our initial year of CDM implementation was used to create a summary document of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). This "CDM FAQs Chatham County" document is included with the attached resources and files below.  


Applications for CDM are available. The form may be printed from the list of attachments below or obtained from your school counselor.


As a new statewide policy for high schools, the general guidelines from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction may be reviewed at the following public website: http://cdm.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Home

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