Progress reports are in for the year and the Zanesville City School District has received higher marks this year on their 2002 grade card. Results recently released show that the district has made significant progress in the past three years from being in Academic Emergency to now a Continuous Improvement School District. School districts are compared with other school districts that have similar characteristics such as: school enrollment, poverty level, income, education levels and professions, factors related to location and property level tax wealth. Zanesville students have improved in many areas this year, from attendance to testing. Based on preliminary data, seven of the twenty-one similar districts including Zanesville, received a Continuous Improvement designation, twelve districts received an Academic Watch and two districts received and Academic Emergency designation. Superintendent Mike Pockl attributes improvements that were made to the students, their parents, the faculty and the community. He says that once the new schools are built, Zanesville will be on its way to developing a world-class school system for the 21st century.