Under the state’s Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) option, uniquely qualified students may “test out” or bypass a course if they have mastered the content. CHCCS students are able to earn credit for a course without spending a set number of hours taking the course in a classroom. CDM offers middle and high school students the opportunity to personalize and accelerate their learning by earning credit for a high school course through demonstrating mastery of course content, without being required to complete classroom instruction for a certain amount of seat time. Students who can accomplish receive a pass/fail grade and credit. Failed attempts at CDM are not reflected on a student’s transcript.
It's all part of CHCCS’ focus on personalizing their learning experiences for individual students and highlights a move away from requiring all students to sit in a classroom to prove they understand the concepts of the course. Instead, students who can show they have mastered the standards will receive credit for that knowledge and can move on ot the next level.
Students who wish to pursue CDM will need to show mastery of the content by completing two phases. In phase I, students must complete an exam of course content. In phase II, students must engage in tasks that exhibits a deeper understanding and application of course content.
Students considering collegiate athletics should be advised that NCAA Division I and Division II colleges and universities do not recognize test-out credits in terms of meeting college entrance credit requirements, and therefore CDM is strongly discouraged for potential collegiate athletes.
Advanced Placement (AP), Healthful Living, and some Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses are not eligible. HERE is a list of all eligible courses for CDM.