School districts struggling to meet new state rules
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NEW YORK -- The new teacher evaluation system put in place by New York State has many districts scrambling to keep up with the new requirements.
Elmira City School District Superintendent Joe Hochreiter says there have been some growing pains in Elmira and throughout the state, especially for some teachers who must create their own evaluation tests. Subjects like art, music and physical education don't have statewide tests, so those teachers must create their own, on top of their regular classroom duties.
The superintendent says because the evaluation system is so new and continues to be refined, it is creating some extra stress for districts.
"We're flying a plane while we are building it and that makes people uneasy so it is understandable that there is hesitancy and there is resistance because I think we got in it too quick. As a system, as a state," said Hochreiter.
Superintendent Hochreiter believes it will take a few years before school districts and the state can judge the effectiveness of the new evaluation system.