Hawaii makes changes to teacher evaluation system after complaints over workload, training

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HONOLULU — Hawaii's Department of Education is making changes to teacher evaluations that have generated criticism from educators.

Changes announced Thursday include allowing teachers rated "highly effective" to not have to repeat the evaluation.

Teacher evaluations were implemented after a contract dispute between the state and the Hawaii State Teachers Association over the issue. Hawaii has been praised for being one of only a few states with a teacher evaluation system to tie teachers' compensation to their performance.

But some educators complain the new system requires an overwhelming amount of work and that there hasn't been adequate training in implementing the evaluations.

The department says the changes are based on feedback from principals, teachers and union leaders.

Stevenson Middle School Principal Linell Dilwith says the changes will make the work more manageable.

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