Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) is an opportunity for students to earn high school credit for classes by demonstrating a deep understanding of the course material prior to taking the course. This understanding will be shown through a multi-phase process which will include an assessment and the submission of a product. Students who demonstrate mastery on both phases will receive course credit only; actual grades will not be reflected on the student’s transcript. The first phase consists of taking the final assessment for the course. In order to move onto the second phase, students must score a level 5 or at the 94th percentile on either the End-Of-Course or final assessment. During the second phase, students will create a product and then present their product to a panel of education professionals therefore demonstrating their mastery of the curriculum. If this final step is successful, students will be awarded course credit.
Specifically, in Onslow County Schools, the Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) process has provided two testing opportunities leading into the 2014-15 school year. During these initial opportunities, approximately 135 students attempted to earn high school credit through this process. Only two students received the necessary score of a level V on the final assessment progressing them to the second phase.
Opportunities for CDM are available to students in middle school; however, parents and students must understand that there is only one opportunity per course. If you are interested in CDM, please contact Ange Bender, School Counselor, at (910) 346-5144 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. All requests must be submitted before November 28th, and the first phase will begin in the Spring of 2015.