Florida State Models of Evaluation

Hillsborough County Teacher Evaluations

Four Domains

Hillsborough County's teacher evaluation model is broken down into four domains.

  • Planning and Preparation
  • The Classroom Environment
  • Instruction
  • Professional Responsibilities

Ethical and Legal Responsibilities for Teachers.

The fourth domain of this particular model deals exclusively with professional responsibilities of the teacher. According to this model, these responsibilities are as follows:

  • Reflecting on teaching
  • Maintaining accurate records
  • Communicating with families
  • Participating in a professional community
  • Growing and developing professionally
  • Showing professionalism


This particular model provides four ratings for the assessments included. They are as follows:

  • Exemplary
  • Accomplished
  • Developing
  • Requires Action

Opportunities for Growth

According to this model, teachers will be evaluated both in the fall and in the spring, which will not only encourage the teacher's growth in areas he or she may be struggling, but will also showcase this growth, from one evaluation to the next.

Ramifications for Not Meeting Standards

Since "a teacher’s placement on the career ladder" (Hillsborough County Public Schools, 2015) is based upon their overall performance on the evaluation, it is imperative that a teacher not fall below the standard. Not meeting standards could cause a teacher to miss out on a placement in the future, and if that teacher continues to not meet standards, the teacher could face termination.

Professional Development

Hillsborough County's teacher evaluation is a great tool for teachers to really be able to see where they are excelling in their work, and where they may need to spend a little more time preparing. Because the evaluation is broken down into four domains, this will allow teachers to learn exactly which areas they need to focus on developing professionally, which makes this model an excellent choice when it comes to evaluating educators.


Hillsborough County Public Schools. (2015). Teacher Evaluation Handbook. Retrieved from http://www3.sdhc.k12.fl.us/eet/teacherevaluationhandbook.pdf