Senate Education Committee Chairman John Flanagan in a radio interview on Friday pointed to a number of key changes made to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s initial school reform proposals.

Chief among them: Having state tests score results count for half of a teacher’s evaluation was rejected by state lawmakers.

Instead, the Department of Education will determine how much weight to give examination results versus in-classroom observation.

“The governor’s initial proposal was very aggressive, but there have been a number of changes,” Flanagan said on The Capitol Pressroom. “The 50 percent is out.”

Flanagan said it’s unlikely education officials and the Board of Regents would recommend scoring bands that weight tests at 50 percent of a teacher’s performance.

“I don’t see that happening. I think the valuable part of the process is there’s some time to do that,” he said. “The intention was, clearly, not to go to 50 percent.”

State lawmakers have sought to frame the education policy measures included in the budget as part of a package of negotiated changes, even as Cuomo himself touts them as among the most significant legislative victories during his time in office as governor.

For Senate Republicans, who campaigned on the issue, a major component of the budget includes ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment cuts by 50 percent this year, and a promise to end the cuts permanently in the next budget year.

Flanagan added the budget includes language that seeks to reduce classroom tests, even as the evaluation criteria could add a second test, based on collective bargaining.

“Right in the statute it talks about ways to do reduce testing, ways to reduce student anxiety,” Flanagan said. “That’s sort of the beginning point and I think we can get there.”

The budget will result in “far less testing at the local level,” he said.

Flanagan was careful, however, when asked about Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch’s proposal to exempt some high-performing school districts from the evaluation criteria.

But he did seem to suggest that districts doing well in terms of performance should be granted some leeway.

“If someone is doing it really well, give them a break,” he said.