TIME magazine had a recent article4 whose headline caught my attention: http://time.com/3015497/learn-to-read-past-fourth-grade/. To be sure this study was small and was basically coming from more of a neuro-scientific stance, but the observation that readers continue to develop and refine skills well past that magic 3rd grade standard is reassuring to those of us who work with middle school and high school and even college students. Here in Texas we are told that all kids need to be at grade level by 3rd grade, be independent, and never waver from on level reading again. Seems to me that this small study seems to indicate Texas lawmakers might reconsider that cut-off point.
And it calls into question the idea of standards that are to be met year after year by every. single. child.