Phase I Required Scores


Phase I of the multi-phase assessment process for earning CDM is the student examination. Phase I is intended for a student to show a foundational knowledge of the course content. Success at a minimally acceptable level on the Phase I exam affords a student the opportunity to continue onto the Phase II artifact. High school courses comprise three types of courses, EOC, CTE and non-EOC courses.

I. EOC courses

For North Carolina EOC courses (Math I, Biology, and English II), a student’s Phase I examination component will be the state’s End-of-Course examination. Students must take the exam in a pre-determined testing window by DPI in a secure environment.

For EOC courses, students must achieve a Level V at the following scale scores exhibiting a superior understanding, to qualify for Phase II artifact development:

EOC Assessments
Math I >264
Biology >261
English II >165


II. CTE Courses

For North Carolina CTE courses that are eligible, a student’s Phase I examination component will be the CTE Post-Assessment. Students must take the exam in a pre-determined testing window by DPI in a secure environment.

For CTE courses, students must achieve a scale score of 90 to qualify for Phase II artifact development.

When students successfully earn CDM for a CTE course, the credit shall be included in the required credits to earn CTE concentrations. Students should be aware that awarding articulated credit at the community college requires both a course grade of at least B and a post-assessment score of 93 or higher. At this time, students who request credit without completing the course will not be eligible for articulated credit.


III. Non -EOC Courses

For non-EOC high school courses, students must take a local examination developed or selected by the district or school. Examinations shall be based upon the North Carolina Standard Course of Study for these courses and should be cumulative in nature where a qualifying score demonstrates mastery of the entire course. The number of questions included on the exam for each standard should be representative of the standard’s relative weight within the course. NC Final Exams that are available in on-line format will be used for Phase I of non-EOC courses.

For non-EOC courses, students must achieve a 90 or higher on the local exam to qualify for Phase II artifact development.