The public school teachers evaluations tie performance to their salaries.
Teachers were wary because it included evaluation scores from students as young as kindergarten.
"They are too young. They won’t be able to digest the questions. And that was one of the concerns from the elementary school teachers," said Wil Okabe of the Hawaii State Teachers Association.
That was one of the red flags the teachers’ union raised.
Another was making sure that the evaluations were being rolled out fairly across the board by school administrators.
School principals balked because of the workload.
Evaluations twice a year were just too much, some said.
Others noted that would have meant evaluating staff every day of the school year.
"I understand that there was a lot of work and change was hard. We did put people through a lot. There is no question about that and it has been hard," said Deputy Superintendent Ronn Nozoe.
After much input by all sides Hawaii school superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi announced the workload will be reduced.
Teachers found to be highly effective or effective will be evaluated less often.
That should reduce the workload by about 50 percent which should make principals and teachers happier so that they can focus on students in the classroom.
"We are looking at a pretty significant reduction in the amount of time to complete the evaluation," Matayoshi said.
"It will cut down on their workload and that is a very, very important part of this recommendation," Okabe said.
Student input will not be given so much weight.
K-grade 2 will not be included and general student surveys will not be directly tied to pay.
"It is now more of information and feedback versus a direct score," said Matayoshi.
Much was made about the teacher evaluations and lack of a contract when it was tied to Race to the Top funds and the threat of a federal takeover.
The Department Of Education said it has advised federal officials of the changes but it has not received feedback so far.
So were the fears about the big federal hammer coming down hard-- overblown??
"I'm sure that was fear, but there should be a feeling of comfort knowing that this years' implementation will be different than last years' and folks will be able to focus on improvement," Nozoe said.
The compromise comes just two weeks before classes start at multi-track schools.
So officials were under the gun to roll something out.
The evaluations cover about 13,000 teachers state wide.
The DOE said last year’s evaluations will not affect most teachers--with the exception of new teachers who received unsatisfactory ratings.
There were two of those this year.