Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) Timeline

  • The information provided below is based upon our current status and the prospect of returning to school under a Plan B model. CHCCS will provide the most up-to-date information on this website regarding the Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) process (Updated December 1, 2020).


    The testing window established by the state is February 15 – March 12, 2021. CHCCS will utilize this testing window for Phase 1 CDM assessments. Please note that ALL Phase 1 assessments MUST be administered in a face to face environment at each student's school. There is NO exception to this per state guidelines. Each school will develop a testing plan utilizing all of the safety protocols and will provide communication to families regarding testing dates and times.  This document provides details of the Phase 1 assessments and this document provides information for Phase 2 assessments. 



    CHCCS Middle School CDM Choices

    The purpose of this document is to assist families and schools in understanding eligibility for accessing the Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) process. The only courses eligible in this process are high school courses which must be completed in the appropriate sequence. For example, a student must be enrolled in Math 1 before applying to CDM Math 2.  Additionally, middle school students may not apply to CDM any high school course, other than a math or world language course, until their 8th grade year. Please note the exception of Career and Technical Education courses below.  Furthermore, for information on our World and Dual Language Pathways, please refer to this document: CHCCS Dual & World Language Pathways.

    Phase 1 State Assessments: February 15 – March 12

    • All of these assessments are online and are developed by the state. The passing score for all assessments is 90% or higher OR a Level 5 score determined by the state. 

    • English 2: 565 or higher 

    • NC Math 1: 563 or higher 

    • NC Math 3: 563 or higher

    • Biology: 261 or higher

    • Precalculus- 90% or higher 

    • CTE courses- 90% or higher 

    • Other Phase 1 Exams (Math 2, sciences, social studies, and English 1, 3, & 4)- 90% or higher


    Phase 1 Local Assessments 

    • These are assessments are locally developed, except for World Languages, which is an online assessment called STAMP.

    • All Arts- 90% or higher 

    • All World Languages: CDM measures MASTERY of content and not just proficiency.  Students must score ABOVE the proficiency level in order to successfully earn CDM credit. In order to minimize testing, students will take Phase 1 and Phase 2 in one testing session. 


    Phase 2 Assessment Window: (Only for students who passed a Phase 1 assessment)

    • Each school will inform students of specific testing dates and times.

    • Testing will be scheduled by each school. Please contact the school for all testing questions. 

    • Families will receive scores by (TBD).