New York State is making some changes to the way it handles teacher evaluations.
State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia tells 7EWN that standardized testing scores will no longer be used to evaluate the performance of teachers or principals. Elia hopes this eases recent concerns teachers have had across the state.
"We need to really focus on what is most important and that's our students" said Elia. "The instruction they receive and take away some of the stresses we've had in New York and start to rebuild some of the things we know that will help students be successful".
Elia says the standardized tests will also be shortened for students in the third through eighth grade.