Katie, although I really like your posts normally, you just left yourself wide open for an attack that YOU'RE not proficient at the 8th grade reading level.
Just because you're not proficient doesn't mean you can't read. The standard is:
"Eighth-grade students performing at the Proficient level should be able to show an overall understanding of the text, including inferential as well as literal information."
The headline suggests you don't have an overall understanding the statement from the Dept of Ed.