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The Quality Matters Process

QM LogoQuality Matters (QM) is a peer review process designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM’s mission is to promote and improve the quality of online education and student learning through the use of a quality assurance system and professional development.

The QM review team uses the QM Rubric to evaluate the design of online and blended courses. Eight general standards provide the foundation for the QM Rubric:

  1. QM-certified graphicCourse Overview and Introduction
  2. Learning Objectives (Competencies)
  3. Assessment and Measurement
  4. Instructional Materials
  5. Course Activities and Learner Interaction
  6. Course Technology
  7. Learner Support
  8. Accessibility and Usability

The key component of the rubric, however, is the concept of alignment. General Standards 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 must all be aligned with the course standards.

NC Virtual is among the top 10 K-12 organizations in the world with QM-certified courses. When you see QM Certification Marks on courses or programs, it means they have met QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review criteria in a rigorous review process.

NCVirtual QM Certified Courses

Course Department QM Certification Name of Course Representative
Accounting 1 (and Accounting 1 Honors) CTE Approved 3-9-18 Mia Murphy
AP Biology AP Approved 4-27-18 Melissa Davis
AP Computer Science A AP Phase 2 – Approved 5/20/21 Sandra O’Brien-Duke
AP English Language & Composition AP Phase 1 – Approved 3/19/21 Dan Miller
AP Environmental Science AP Phase 2 – Approved 4/21/21 Christi Joyner
AP European History AP Phase 3 – Approved 6/24/21 Thomas Maskell
AP Government & Politics: US AP Approved 3-24-20 Melissa Davis
AP Human Geography AP Phase 1 – Approved 4/2/21 Christy Blakenship
AP Psychology AP Phase 1 – Approved 2/25/21 Daniella Bishop
AP Statistics AP Phase 2 – Approved 4/30/21 Brit Singleton
AP United States History AP Approved 5-15-18 Melissa Davis
AP World History AP Approved 5-28-2019 Melissa Davis
Biology (and Biology Honors and Biology Co-teaching) Science Approved 4-5-2019 Melissa Davis
Blended Biology OCS Phase 3 – Approved 7/29/21 Heather Nash
Blended Financial Management OCS Phase 3 – Approved 9/2/21 Sarah Holmes
Blended Intro to Math OCS Phase 3 – Approved 8/26/21 Robin Frost
Blended Locally Developed Math Elective OCS Phase 3 Leslie Bellamy
Blended NC Math 1 OCS Phase 3 – Approved 7/30/21 Annie Cox
Career Management CTE Phase 3 – Approved 8/25/21 Gail Holmes
Civics & Economics and (Civics & Economics Honors) Social Studies Approved 12-3-18 Melissa Davis
Earth/Environmental Science (and Earth/Environmental Science Honors) Science Approved 9/11/21 Melissa Davis/Jennifer Nobles
English 1 English Approved 4-8-18 Adam Renfro
English 1 Honors English Phase 3 Susan Hudgins
English 2 (and English 2 Co-Teaching) English Approved 5-3-16 Jennifer Nobles
English 2 Honors English Phase 3 – Approved 7/12/21 Cathy Edmonds
English 3 English Phase 3 – Approved 8/4/21 Kendra Gallos
English 3 Honors English Phase 3 – Approved 9/22/21 Kathleen Orfanedes
English 4 English Phase 3 – Approved 8/7/21 Karen McGowen
English 4 Honors English Phase 3 – Approved 8/23/21 Kim Rushton
Entrepreneurship 1 (BE/ME) CTE Phase 3 – Approved 7/7/21 Lisa Johnson
Forensic Science Science Approved 4-28-17 Darlene Schaefer
Foundations of NC Math1 Co-Teaching Math Phase 2 – Approved 8/20/21 Ellen Lowe
French 1 World Languages Approved 7-15-18 Melissa Davis
French 2 World Languages Phase 2 – Approved 8/1/21 Claire Driscoll
French3 Honors World Languages Phase 1 – Approved 3/19/21 Alexa Haselhorst
French4 Honors World Languages Phase 2 – Approved 8/22/21 Susan Cowan
Health and PE Elective Approved 7-6-17 Chris Smith
Japanese 1 World Languages Phase 3 Sarah Boutin
Japanese 2 World Languages Phase 2 – Approved 6/16/21 Revae Bostwick
Japanese 3 World Languages Approved 8/16/19 Melissa Davis
Journalism English Approved 6-6-2018 Melissa Davis
Leadership Development Electives Phase 2 – Approved 7/5/21 Jennifer Pittman
Marketing CTE Phase 3 – Approved 9/23/21 Amy Whitley
Middle School Creative Coding with Vidcode CTE Phase 3 Rhonda Medford
Middle School Creative Writing English Phase 2 Anthony Dralle
Middle School ELA 8th Grade English Phase 1 – Approved 5/4/21 Jennifer Nobles
Middle School Math 8th Grade Math Phase 1 – Approved 5/17/21 Leah Rodzik
Middle School Success 101 Electives Phase 2 – Approved 7/29/21 Deborah Kincaid
NC Math 1 (and NC Math 1 Honors) Math Approved 2-26-18 Melissa Davis
NC Math 1 Co-Teaching Math Phase 2 Ellen Lowe
NC Math 2 (and NC Math 2 Honors and NC Math 2 Co-teaching) Math Approved 4-2-2019 Melissa Davis
NC Math 3 (and NC Math 3 Honors and NC Math 3 Co-teaching) Math Phase 1 – Approved 3/15/21 Jennifer Nobles
NC Math 4 Math Phase 1 – Approved 5/11/21 Brit Singleton
OCS Civics OCS Approved 7-30-19 Melissa Davis
Pre-Calculus Honors Math Phase 1 – Approved 3/19/21 Jennifer Nobles
Principles of Business CTE Approved 8-30-19 Melissa Davis
Psychology (and Psychology Honors) Social Science Approved 8-27-18 Melissa Davis
Python Programming 1 CTE Phase 3 – Approved 6/17/21 Judi Pfeffer
Recertification of English 2 English Phase 3 – Approved 7/1/21 Nancy Hooper
Recertification of Spanish I World Languages Phase 3 – Approved 6/8/21 Paul Everitt
Spanish 1 World Languages Approved 4-22-16 Jennifer Nobles
Spanish 2 World Languages Phase 2 – Approved 5/4/21 Fanella Tague
Spanish 3 Honors World Languages Phase 2 – Approved 7/6/21 Juan Martin
Spanish 4 Honors World Languages Phase 2 – Approved 5/27/21 Mildred Hernandez
Success 101 Electives Approved 3-20-17 Jennifer Nobles
Visual Arts (Beginning): Art 1 Arts Phase 1 – Approved 3/16/21 Helen Nagan
Visual Arts Specialization (Proficient): Digital Photography 2 Arts Phase 1 – Approved 2/22/21 Jennifer Nobles
Workforce Ready Electives Approved 2-15-2019 Melissa Davis