"Standards" are a creation of educrats that simply stand in the way of anyone acquiring knowledge. That, of course, is the intent.  Remember that our government wants to dumb down the populace.  If one keeps in mind the motivation, then one can begin to understand what's afoot.

Here is MY definition from my GLOSSARY found elsewhere on this web site:

standards --n, adj., adv., v., prep.,  an elusive and slippery word with double meanings.  Normal people think it means something that sets the bar for achieving excellence; educrats know it signifies a means of manipulating students' minds in such a way that their intelligence is actually compromised by having them do meaningless activities in the name of academics; standards means NO standards