test scores Department Of Education Brings Home A Disappointing Report Card By Claudio Sanchez • May 7, 2014 Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: Flat, stagnant, static, those are words that the U.S. Department of Education has used to describe the latest reading and math scores for the nation's 12th graders. Decade-Long Study Of Big City Schools Finds Better Math, Reading By Claudio Sanchez • Dec 18, 2013 Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block. AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: And I'm Audie Cornish.