New push for NC program for gifted students

Nov 23, 2015 by

Program lets students who have mastered a subject get credit without taking courses

Only a few students in North Carolina’s largest school systems have taken advantage of a new state policy that allows them to receive high school credit for courses by mastering subject matter without sitting in classrooms.

Now some Triangle leaders are trying to spread the word about the program more broadly.

The program, similar to others used in more than 20 states, was started to allow gifted students to skip courses on material they’ve already mastered. This way students can get quicker access into more challenging courses and/or potentially graduate earlier. Wake and Durham county school system leaders are holding events and making renewed efforts to get students involved, in an application process that runs through the middle of December.

Only 13 students in the Wake County, Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Guilford County and Winston-Salem/Forsyth school systems – accounting for 28 percent of the state’s enrollment – successfully completed the Credit By Demonstrated Mastery (CDM) process last school year. The program lets middle- and high-school students who pass a two-phase testing process get credit in as many as 159 standard-level high school courses without having to enroll in those classes.

Source: New push for NC program for gifted students | The Charlotte Observer

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