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    Students are able to earn credit for a course without spending a set number of hours taking the course in a classroom if mastery of course content can be demonstrated. 
     
    Under the state's new Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) option, uniquely qualified students may "test out" or bypass a course if they have already mastered the content.
     
    The program provides another opportunity for students to learn new content and challenge themselves with the next level of rigor in a subject.  This option is not designed to replace existing accelerated pathways, such as the Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG) program at Iredell-Statesville Schools.
     
    The CDM option is available to all students in North Carolina under State Board of Education policy SBE-GCS-M-001, Section 13.
     
    The best person to contact in regards to CDM at your child's school is a counselor.  You may also contact Kelly Hinson, Director of AIG at khinson@iss.k12.nc.us.  
     
     
     
    Eligibility
     
    All students in North Carolina Public Schools taking high school courses in grades 9-12 and middle school students taking high school courses offered in grades 6-8, based on school district's availability. 
    Please refer to the resource links found at the bottom of this page for more information on eligibility and specific CDM processes/considerations. 
     
     
    Fall Timeline-Attempting to earn CDM during fall semester for courses scheduled in the Spring:
    • August-September-Students /Family contacts school of interest in CDM and completes Student/Parent Agreement found at link at bottom of page under resources. 
    • All Student/Parent agreements must be submitted to the school counselor by September 7th
    • During the weeks of September 10th-21st the student will complete Phase 1 of the CDM Assessment Process (Phase 1 involves the student being administered the appropriate examination for the course he/she is seeking credit. This could be an EOC or some other final exam)
    • During first week of October results of Phase 1 will be shared with student/family
    • If student successfully completes Phase 1 then student will then be invited to complete Phase 2 of the CDM Assessment Process during the remainder of October (Phase 2 includes student completion of actual work artifacts that can be reviewed)
    • First two weeks of November a school-level artifact review will be conducted, this can include student interview
    • Mid-November results will be provided to student/family, needed schedule changes will be sent to counselor, a ten-day appeal window will begin 
    • First week of December appeals are conducted
    • Second week of December final appeal decisions are made, shared with student/family, spring schedules adjusted if needed
     
    Spring Timeline-Attempting to earn CDM during spring semester for courses scheduled in the fall:
     
    •  January-Students/Family contacts school of interest in CDM and completes student/parent agreement found at link at bottom of page under resources. 
    • All Student/Parent agreements submitted to the school by January 31st.
    • During the weeks of February 15th-28th student completes Phase 1 of the CDM Assessment Process (Phase 1 involves the student being administered the appropriate examination for the course he/she is seeking credit. This could be an EOC or some other final exam)
    • During the next two weeks of February results of Phase 1 will be shared with student/family
    • If student successfully completes Phase 1 then student will then be invited to complete Phase 2 of the CDM Assessment Process during the month of March (Phase 2 includes student completion of actual work artifacts that can be reviewed)
    • First two weeks of April a school-level artifact review will be conducted, this can include student interview
    • Mid-April results will be provided to student/family, needed schedule changes will be sent to counselor, a ten-day appeal window will begin 
    • First week of May appeals are conducted
    • Second week of May final appeal decisions are made, shared with student/family, spring schedules adjusted if needed
     Summer Timeline-for students attempting to earn credit during the summer for courses scheduled in the fall:
     
     ***This time period is reserved for students that move into the district after the spring window or who missed the spring window due to extenuating circumstances.  Summer consideration in on a case by case basis and student/family should contact the school within the month of June if interested.  No consideration will be given after June 30th.  Timeline will be established as needed. 
     
     
    Advanced Placement, Honors, International Baccalaureate, Healthful Living, and some Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are not eligible.  
     
     
     
     
     How credits will appear on transcripts:
    • Students will not receive a letter grade for the course.
    • Students who successfully complete the process will receive a "pass" result on their transcripts for the course, and will be eligible to enroll in the next level course in that subject area.
    • Students who do not earn the course credit will not be penalized.  Results of the assessment process will not be reflected in the student's grades or school transcript.
    • Students may make one attempt to earn credit per course.  Retests are not offered.
     
    Questions?
    Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document below for common topics.  For all other questions, contact your school counselor or email Kelly Hinson, Director of Gifted Learning, khinson@iss.k12.nc.us.  
Last Modified on January 9, 2019