To earn course credit through CDM, a student must be able to demonstrate a deep understanding of the knowledge and skills of a particular course at a superior level as well as being able to apply that knowledge in a real-world context, requiring that students show deeper content mastery and establishing clearly that he/she should be awarded credit for that course.

As part of this process, a School-level CDM Review Panel will make a recommendation of whether to award credit or not based on student demonstration of the criteria stated above. This decision will be based on (1) a minimum required score as set by the state on the Phase I assessment and (2) a superior rating on Phase II artifacts. If the CDM review panel does not award CDM for a course, and a student and his/her parent(s) do not agree with the decision of the School CDM Review Panel, they may file an appeal.

These are the guidelines for the appeals process:
  • Phase I EOC,CTE post assessment, and Non-EOC (local final exam) scores are not appealable.
  • Students and their parents should submit appeals within ten days of receiving notification that an attempt for CDM was not successful.
  • Appeals should be in writing addressed to the school principal. This appeal should include reasoning for appeal and the date of submission.
  • The CDM Review panel will review the appeal.
  • The Review Panel will conduct an appeals review within ten days of receipt and will collect any additional data requested.
  • The CDM Review Panel will provide final recommendations within ten days of their appeals review.
  • The decision of the appeals panel is final.