My school has just hired a "curriculum specialist" to help bring up our test scores. He is furious right now because my students, who have been to pre-school, don't know how to read many words. Most know 1-5 sight words, although some know around 30. (Which I think is amazing!) He came from high school. Are his standards ridiculous or are mine too low? I feel that at the END of the year students should know these simple CVC and 40 sight words.