Emsley A Laney High School


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Credit by Demonstrated Mastery

Students who want to accelerate their coursework to achieve their academic goals may apply for Credit by Demonstrated Mastery (CDM). The CDM process allows students to earn credit in a particular course by demonstrating proficiency in the subject without completing the classroom instruction.   All North Carolina students in grades 9-12 are eligible to apply for Credit by Demonstrated Mastery in the available courses. Credit by Demonstrated Mastery is a two-phase process:

Phase I:  Establishes that a student has a strong foundational knowledge of a subject area, assessed through an End of Course test or exam. The student must achieve a Level 5 on the EOC/state assessment or 90% correct on the local exam,  then the student may move on to Phase II. 

Phase II: Establishes that a student can demonstrate and apply mastery knowledge of the course content.  A student must provide an assigned artifact assessed by a school review team in order to achieve credit for the course.


The timeline for applying for Credit by Demonstrated Mastery for the Spring 2021:



  • Jan. 4 - Jan. 25 Student Application window
  • Feb. 15-March 12 CDM Assessment window at schools
  • March 19 CDM phase I results reported to students
  • March 29 Artifact assigned to students continuing to phase II
  • April 26 Artifact deadline
  • May 7 CDM Review Panel disseminates results



CDM credit earned in Spring 2021 should inform placement in Fall of 2021

The CDM Application should be completed and returned to me via email no later than January 2, 2021.

CDM Application, Spring 2021