Following the administration of its new Kindergarten Entry Assessments in 2014, Maryland's proficiency rates fell from around 80% into the 40% range. Assistant State Superintendent Grafwallner discussed the experiences of Maryland in the rollout of its new assessment and the types of communications and stakeholder engagement activities the state implemented, ultimately leading to a smooth transition even with significant score drops.
As one of the first states to administer new assessments based on the CCSS, Kentucky saw significant drops in proficiency across all grade levels. However, due to the strong communication plan implemented in advance of the release of scores, Kentucky is seen as an example of a successful public transition. Associate Commissioner Sims talked about their communication strategy and the key resources/stakeholders/decisions that led to the smooth transition.