Under guidelines adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education, students in sixth through twelfth grades will be able to earn some academic credits without sitting in class. The Credit By Demonstrated Mastery program will require schools to allow students to test out of some subjects. "The goal is to ensure that students are in the right and appropriate learning environment for their growth," said Sneha Shah-Coltrane, director of Gifted Education and Advanced Programs for the state Department of Public Instruction.

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