I’m not exactly thrilled with the quality of readers out there. I think it’s not good to ask kids to read above their level. Most of us hand them books that are above their heads. In general, the TPRS/CI communitey routinely asks kids to silently read books that are above their level, and it frustrates them.
Most readers labeled “level 1” are really level 2. Level 2 readers in general are really level 3 readers, etc. The few kids can read them, the larger group can’t. When are CI teachers going to reach all their kids all the time in their classes?