Over 30 states are shifting to performance based licensing and implementing professional standards. We're demanding more of our educators, and sooner or later Wisconsinites will face a pop quiz: Is it time to pay teachers more? Westrate says, "Everyone would love to have more money to pay those public servants that are teaching our children. It's really a matter of do we have the money in the coffers to do so?"
In the end, whatever it is that makes a teacher successful can perhaps be measured by tests and portfolios, but the truest test is still the testimony of the children that pass year by year and grade by grade through our schools.