An article by Blaine Greteman in The New Republic reports that “lexile ratings” have been assigned to various novels by the Common Core standards. Greteman is an English professor at the University of Iowa. Lexile ratings score readings according to their difficulty level.

This is too absurd to be true, yet The New Republic is not known for publishing satire. According to the article, “Sports Illustrated for Kids: Awesome Athletes” has a higher lexile rating than “Jane Eyre” or “Huckleberry Finn” or “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Please, someone, do a reality check. Is this possible? This is too absurd for words, at least mine.