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223 Copy and Paste Final Report Card Comments

Hey, Teacher! Is it report writing time again?

Hopefully these comments for student report cards will come in helpful.

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Copy and paste these report card comments for your students. It’ll save you time and heartache!

Read below for my full list of report card comment ideas:

Positive Comments

Use a few positive comments to show the strengths of the student and how they’ve improved recently.

Positive Attitude to Learning

  • Comes to class every day ready and willing to learn.
  • Has an inquisitive and engaged mind.
  • Is excited to tackle her tasks every day.
  • Likes to come to school and learn with her friends.
  • Has a positive attitude to self-development.
  • Tends to come into the classroom with a big smile and an open mind.
  • Sets herself very high standards and strives to meet them each and every day.

Showing Improvement

  • Is consistently improving.
  • Is developing very well for her age.
  • Has shown strong signs of growth in all learning areas.
  • Has made clear and commendable gains.
  • Improves each and every day.
  • Her hard work and effort has paid off.

Positive Behavior

  • Is always very well behaved during class time.
  • Has a good ability to avoid peers who she sees may be distractions to her learning.
  • Is always willing to listen to instructions.
  • Is a very helpful and respectful student.
  • Never misbehaves in class.
  • Sets a good standard for classmates to follow.
  • Is very good at following the rules.

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Shows Respect for Others

  • Has a great deal of respect for all visitors to the classroom.
  • Cares for and respects her classmates.
  • Is always respectful to classroom equipment.
  • Always puts her hand up and follows instructions.
  • Is very considerate of others and often puts others’ needs and interests at the front of her mind.
  • Is a very respectful and responsible classmate.
  • Has proven to be a courteous and polite classmate.
  • Is held in high regard for her kindness to others.
  • Is a very outgoing, positive and upbeat student.
  • Tackles every task with enthusiasm and self-belief.
  • Is building her confidence more and more every day.
  • Has shown remarkable growth in confidence this year.
  • Has reached many achievements this year, which is reflected in her budding confidence.
  • Is a self-assured young learner who is always willing to try something new.
  • Can always be trusted with tasks assigned to her.
  • Conducts herself with honesty and integrity at all times.
  • Is trusted with school equipment including expensive computer technology.
  • Is open, honest and upfront about her thoughts and beliefs.
  • Shares thoughtful and genuine opinions during lessons.
  • Is always willing to self-reflect and provide genuine analyses of her progress.

Self-Expression

  • Is a very expressive and confident student.
  • Has a great ability to express thoughts and feelings in writing.
  • Is always willing to express herself in front of the class with a bold and confident voice.
  • Has artistic talent and can articulate her thoughts through drawing and painting very well.
  • Is a very articulate public speaker when talking about issues that she knows well.
  • Is always willing to contribute her own thoughts and beliefs in class discussions.
  • Uses her body and hand movements to express herself artistically.

High Motivation

  • Has a great deal of intrinsic motivation . She’s a real go getter!
  • Has bucket loads of initiative.
  • Has an active mind and is eager to achieve.
  • Comes to class with a huge willingness to participate.
  • Never wants to waste a day in the classroom.
  • Loves to soak up all the information around her.
  • Is an ambitious and proactive student.
  • Knows her goals and strives every day to achieve them.

Strong Communication Skills

  • Projects her voice very well when communicating in class.
  • Is effective at using the written word to express herself.
  • Has a great deal of confidence when speaking to groups.
  • Is very good at clearly and succinctly speaking up when she feels she has a valuable contribution.
  • Consistently provides valuable contributions to class discussion.
  • Is a skilled public speaker.
  • Has shown great strides in written communication skills in recent months.

Is Neat and Tidy

  • Always keeps her belongings neatly organized.
  • Looks after her belongings very carefully.
  • Always has neat book work which shows respect and high regard for her own work.
  • Keeps her desk space very tidy, clean and organized.
  • Takes pride in keeping her work neat, clean and tidy for every submission.
  • Keeps her personal work spaces very well organized.

Good Listening Skills

  • Is an active listener who is always ready to respond with relevant and engaging questions.
  • Listens thoughtfully to other people’s ideas and contributes her own thoughtful ideas.
  • Listens with an open mind to her classmates’ perspectives.
  • Always listens intently with the hope of learning new things.
  • Concentrates and pays close attention during demonstrations to ensure she understands task requirements.
  • Takes directions well and is quick to apply directions to tasks.
  • Is always attentive in class and asks for clarification when required.
  • Is good at working in small groups unaided by a teacher.
  • Listens intently to others and takes their opinions in mind.
  • Excels when given leadership roles in small groups.
  • Appears to thrive in group learning situations.
  • Has developed strong skills in communicating in groups.
  • Works productively in groups of all sizes to get tasks done.
  • Has a knack for managing multiple personalities in group situations.
  • Could work on sharing resources more fairly during group tasks.
  • Needs to work on allowing other group members equal time to speak during group discussions.

Strong Organization and Time Management

  • Always arrives to class on time with her books and is ready to learn.
  • Is exceptionally good at completing tasks in a timely manner.
  • Is a natural organizer and is often seen helping to get her peers organized and ready for tasks.
  • Is always trusted to meet deadlines.
  • Uses color coding and headings in her books effectively to organize her notes.
  • Keeps a neat and organized work space at all times.

Good at Homework

  • Always comes to class with very neat and well written homework.
  • Tends to complete independent homework tasks with ease.
  • Thrives with independent homework tasks, which are always presented in a timely manner.
  • Comes to class with great questions based on the assigned homework tasks, showing thoughtfulness and independence.
  • Can be trusted to complete her homework in time.
  • Often asks for extra homework. She has shown great thirst for knowledge.

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Strong Participation

  • Is always willing to jump in and participate in any task.
  • Is a great helper, always giving people a hand when she sees they are in need.
  • Participates in all tasks, no matter her skill level. This enthusiasm is laudable.
  • Always comes to class willing to get involved in the daily activities.
  • Is always the first person to put their hand up to volunteer for a task.
  • Loves to learn by getting involved and gaining first-hand experiences.
  • Is beginning to develop her own interest and is eager to learn more about them.
  • Has a strong personal interest in ________ and has been taking the initiative to explore the topic.
  • Is very enthusiastic about ________ and has shown great promise in this area.
  • Has picked a great extracurricular hobby of _____. Her skills learned in this hobby has helped to boost her confidence in the classroom.
  • Shows interest in a variety of different topics which she has been enthusiastically exploring during free study time.
  • Always finds personal interest in topics presented in class.

Independence

  • Is showing increasing independence to learn and study without the need for excessive guidance.
  • Is a fiercely independent person who knows what she wants and goes out to get it.
  • Has an independent and free spirited mind.
  • Is not afraid to go against the majority if she is certain of her beliefs and thoughts.
  • Happily goes about her tasks independently but seeks help when required.
  • Shows confidence striking out on her own to do things she is interested in.

Strong Learning and Thinking Skills

  • Is very resourceful and uses the internet, books and peers to find new knowledge.
  • Is aware of her learning styles and makes every effort to work to her strengths as a student.
  • Uses higher-order thinking strategies like analysis and critique to question assumptions.
  • Knows when she needs help and asks for it willingly.
  • Thinks deeply about her responses before providing them.
  • Is very good at reflecting on her weaknesses and working on them to grow as a person.
  • Is great at solving problems using her own initiative.

Good Attention to Detail

  • Pays close attention to the details of a tasks so that she doesn’t miss anything.
  • Is very systematic about going about her tasks so she can complete them thoroughly.
  • Is great at identifying small and nuanced mistakes in her own work.
  • Always creates very presentable and professional looking pieces of work.
  • Has great self-reflection skills , being able to identify her own strengths and weaknesses.
  • Can pause and look at her own work to identify areas for improvement.
  • Has the ability to stop and change course when she identifies areas for improvement.
  • Is very good at identifying and repairing errors in drafts.
  • Has exercised great thoughtfulness about her own capabilities.
  • Has shown the ability to empathize with classmates and show great compassion.

Perseverance and Determination

  • Shows great determination when is set a challenging task.
  • Perseveres through difficulties to achieve her goals.
  • Is resilient in the face of significant challenges and problems presented.
  • Will always work through struggles and come out the other end more confident and skilled.

Constructive Comments

Present constructive comments to show the areas for improvement for the student. Carefully craft the comments so they’re not overly upsetting or impersonal.

Negative Attitude to Learning

  • Occasionally needs special assistance to stay on task.
  • Requires some coaxing to complete tasks.
  • Is at times distracted or uninterested in learning.
  • Is working on paying more attention to her tasks.
  • Has some off days where she is uninterested in learning.
  • Is easily distracted by friends.
  • Will often come to class unwilling to contribute to group discussions.

Needs Improvement

  • Needs to work on focus and concentration during class time.
  • Has improved in some areas, but continues to slip behind in others.
  • Is showing some lack of focus and is slipping behind in some subjects.
  • There is still a lot of room for growth and we are working on improving her focus and drive in coming months.
  • It would be great to see some improvement in her weakest subjects in the future.
  • I would like to see her asking for help when stuck on tasks.

Disruptive Behavior

  • Can occasionally disrupt her friends and classmates.
  • Is at times a distraction to other students.
  • Can be unsettled when entering the class after breaks.
  • Can be talkative during quiet times and individual tasks.
  • Could work on being more considerate to other classmates.
  • Has had a difficult time getting comfortable in class this year.
  • Has at times sought undue attention and distracted the flow of lessons.

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Low Motivation

  • Sometimes struggles to engage in class discussions.
  • Requires a lot of external rewards to get focused.
  • Works well below her capabilities due to lack of motivation to do her best.
  • Relies heavily on extrinsic motivation. It would be great to see more intrinsic desire to succeed in coming months.
  • Struggles to find things she is interested in.
  • Has trouble getting engaged and interested in class topics.
  • Will respond well to rewards but struggles to use initiative.
  • Needs to dig deep and find greater motivation to learn in coming months.

Is Not Neat and Tidy

  • Occasionally presents work that is messy and difficult to read.
  • I would like to see her paying more attention to neatness in her writing.
  • It would be great to see her showing more care for her workspace to ensure all her belongings are well cared for.
  • At times comes to class disheveled and disorganized.
  • Presents homework that is untidy and appears to have been rushed.
  • Needs to work on ensuring her work is presentable, neat, and error-free.

Weak Communication Skills

  • Speaks very softly. An area for improvement is speaking up in class discussions.
  • Could work some more on communicating her opinions during discussions.
  • Is often shy and intimidated when asked to speak up in class discussions.
  • Needs coaxing to share her thoughts in class.
  • Can work on being clearer when expressing her thoughts in writing.
  • I look forward to seeing further development in expressing her thoughts in class.

Poor Listening Skills

  • Has had some trouble paying attention to others during class discussions.
  • Has some trouble listening to peers and teachers.
  • Is easily distracted during class discussions.
  • Is a good talker but needs to work on pausing and listening to others more attentively.
  • Is often fidgety and distracted when spoken to.
  • Is often resistant to make eye contact and be responsive when spoken to.
  • Has trouble repeating and remembering instructions.

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Weak Organization and Time Management

  • Tends to leave tasks to the last minute.
  • Often submits incomplete drafts due to poor time management.
  • Is often disorganized and forgets important school supplies.
  • Has submitted homework late on several occasions.
  • Could work on using her time more efficiently to complete tasks in allotted time periods.
  • I would like to see her working on her organizational skills in coming months so she can use her class time more efficiently.

Bad at Homework

  • Will often skip assigned homework tasks.
  • Regularly forgets to bring homework to school.
  • Her homework is often brought to class incomplete and rushed.
  • Is often seen completing homework tasks the morning before they are due.
  • I would like to see her working on setting aside more time for homework in the coming months.
  • Is good at class work, but needs more initiative to complete her weekly homework in a timely manner.

Poor Attention to Detail

  • Could be getting higher grades if she edited her work more carefully before submission.
  • Will sometimes make mistakes due to distractedness and carelessness.
  • Has started to let carelessness seep into his work for the past few months.
  • Often does not pay enough attention to test questions, leading to small unforced errors.

Preschool and Kindergarten Comments

Here are some great comments specifically for children in the early years of their development.

Play Based Learning – Strong

  • Plays well with other children.
  • Shares resources with her peers during play time.
  • Has begun to develop cooperative play skills such as sharing and taking turns.
  • Is a creative and imaginative learner.
  • Engages in strong exploratory and discovery play behaviors without prompting.
  • Is enthusiastic and engaged when given developmentally appropriate resources to play with.
  • Thrives in unstructured play environments where she can explore, learn and discover in her own time.
  • Has started to use extended vocabulary well during play scenarios.
  • Is great at taking measured risks during play which reveals great self-confidence for her age.

Play Based Learning – Needs Improvement

  • Plays in parallel with other children, but needs to start developing cooperative play strategies in the coming months.
  • Is good at solitary play, but needs more practice sharing and playing with other students.
  • Is curious about playing with others, but often sits back due to shyness.
  • Needs encouragement to use more language skills during play-based learning .
  • Struggles to take turns when playing with others.

Strong Development

  • Is developing in an age appropriate way and continues to show good progress.
  • Has visibly developed fine and gross motor skills during class sessions.
  • Is using language at an age appropriate level.
  • Is starting to move out of her comfort zone to explore more and more new challenges.
  • Is socially, cognitively and physically on track for transition to school.

Socialization

  • Has shown remarkable strides in communication skills at preschool.
  • Plays well with others.
  • Is a thoughtful and kind student who plays well with others.
  • Always shares and thinks about others during play scenarios.
  • Is a popular student who finds it very easy to make friends with other children.
  • Has been seen to show some great emerging leadership skills during play scenarios.
  • Is very happy to play in groups and learn from peers .

Final Thoughts

I will often start with a comment bank like the one above. For each student, I’ll copy four or five of the most suitable statements.

But, I will also follow-up my generic comment from the comment bank with a specific example for the parents to read.

Parents do like to see that you have provided specific and thoughtful statements – so don’t forget to use the student’s name and specific anecdotes as much as possible.

I do hope this comment bank for report card comments has come in handy for you.

Remember to also maintain a positive but honest and constructive voice when writing.

If there is serious concern that might be difficult to express in writing, you should arrange for a parent-teacher conference to have a discussion and see how things progress.

Good luck with your report card writing!

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168 Sample Report Card Comments (Plus a Printable Version)

Help has arrived just in time for report cards!

"Your child has come so far in math! Focusing on two-digit addition is the next step."

Each progress report and report card provides an opportunity for you to give parents insight into their child’s performance beyond a letter or numerical grade for conduct or academics. Parents want to know how their child is doing, but they also want to know that you get their child. Report cards also help students understand what they are doing well … as well as areas where they could improve. The best way to get these points across is via meaningful comments. Need help? We’ve got dozens of sample report card comments below that are sorted for students at every level: emerging, developing, proficient, and extending standards, plus comments that address behavior, social skills, and more.

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Tips for report card comments

Before using the list below, it’s important to know that teacher comments should be accurate, specific, and personal. The comments below are structured to allow you to fill in the blank for a particular subject or behavior, and then expand the comment. Sometimes you might require an action like a meeting with the parent. Other times you may be encouraging the student to do something in school or at home to improve on a skill or get more practice. Either way, these sample report card comments will establish the how that attaches to the what of any number or letter grade you are documenting.

Sample report card comments for students with emerging skills

It’s often difficult to know the cause of why a student’s skills are still emerging. In these situations, parents can often help you get to the bottom of it. Be specific about areas of difficulty in these comments, and don’t be afraid to ask for a parent’s help. Here are some ideas:

  • Your student could use some extra practice in [subject]. Please have them study [skill] for [time] each night.
  • Your student hasn’t yet had the chance to master [specific skill]. Review sessions are available [time frame].
  • Your student may need additional assistance with [skill/subject]. Completing classwork and homework is the first step to improving.

Your student may need additional assistance with [skill/subject]. Completing classwork and homework is the first step to improving.

  • Your student needs more practice with [specific skill]. Please check that they have completed their homework each evening.
  • We will continue focusing on reinforcing your student’s positive efforts.
  • Your student should put more effort into [subject area] to avoid incorrect or incomplete assignments.
  • Your student would benefit from more active participation in small-group activities.
  • This semester/trimester, I would like your student to work on …

Sample report card comments to encourage a follow-up phone call

We can think of many situations where a report card comment can be the first step in scheduling a phone call or meeting to discuss a concern. Write something positive about the child’s personality while requesting a parent meeting or phone call. Some examples are:

  • Your student is always respectful, but I am concerned about their work. When can we meet?
  • Your child is inquisitive and engaged in class, but they have quite a bit of missing work. Please call me to discuss some strategies.
  • Your child has a wonderful sense of humor/is helpful/is kind but fails to turn in their assignments. Let’s meet to come up with a plan to move forward.

Your child has a wonderful sense of humor/is helpful/is kind but fails to turn in their assignments. Let’s meet to come up with a plan to move forward.

  • Let’s work on strategies that will help your student follow through on their assignments.

Sample report card comments about (negative) behavior

Parents want to know how their child has behaved, even if they are not surprised by the behavior. Behavior can be even more difficult to write about than academics. Be careful to avoid personal attacks or statements that can make the parent or child feel judged. For difficult behaviors, stick to statistics and/or basic descriptions. Try things like:

  • Your student struggles with [DESIRED behavior]. We will continue to work on this behavior at school.
  • Your child struggles with [UNDESIRABLE behavior] and needs to focus on [DESIRED behavior].
  • When your student is focused, they are a pleasure to have in class. Let’s meet to discuss strategies to keep them on track.
  • Your student often struggles to focus in class, which harms their ability to engage well with class activities and assignments.
  • [Student] is working on independent work production and staying on task.
  • [Student] often struggles to focus in class, which impacts their ability to engage in class activities.
  • I encourage [student] to use time wisely to finish tasks in a timely manner.
  • I encourage [student] to be more responsible in completing tasks without frequent reminders.
  • I encourage [student] to show that they are properly engaged in learning by improving quality of work and use of class time. Please support this at home by [idea here].
  • Your student needs to slow down in order to produce quality/carefully done work.

Report card comment: Your student needs to slow down in order to produce quality/carefully done work.

  • Your student needs to follow classroom rules more closely throughout the school day.
  • Your student has exhibited [UNDESIRABLE behavior]. We will continue to reinforce appropriate behaviors.
  • Your student exhibited [UNDESIRABLE behavior] [this many] times this quarter. Let’s work to reduce the incidence of this behavior to [goal] times.
  • [Student] is encouraged to demonstrate more responsible attitudes and behaviors in the classroom.
  • [Student] is working on using appropriate language at all times.
  • [Student] requires encouragement to listen attentively during group instruction.
  • [Student] requires frequent reminders to remain attentive during instruction.
  • [Student] is working on voicing feelings and opinions and listening to others.

Sample report card comments for students with developing skills

For students who are still developing, focus on any improvement while also providing suggestions to keep the momentum going. Try these comments:

  • Your student has come so far in [subject]! Focusing on [important skill] is the next step.
  • Your student has made so much progress! They still struggle with [important skill], so that should be our next focus.
  • Your child has done well, but I am concerned that their lack of [listening/focus/motivation] has contributed to a lower grade than I know they could achieve.
  • Let’s work on motivating your student to reach their potential.
  • I would like to see your student pay closer attention to [subject/topic] in order to get a better grade.

I would like to see your student pay closer attention to [subject/topic] in order to get a better grade.

  • If your student works as hard on [important skill] as they have worked on [improved subject], then they will be caught up in no time!
  • Your child is very engaged during whole-group [subject instruction] but struggles to work independently.
  • Your student’s persistence is exemplary.
  • When motivated, your child does well on class assignments. We need to extend that motivation further.
  • Your child has improved significantly but still needs to slow down and check their work to make sure that all answers are correct.
  • Your student is struggling to understand new concepts in [subject]. Paying closer attention to the assigned reading and class lecture would be beneficial.
  • The hard work is paying off! Let’s keep it up when we start working on [next skill].
  • Your child is enthusiastic but still doesn’t understand [topic]. Additional work on this topic would be incredibly helpful.

Report card comment: Your child is enthusiastic but still doesn’t understand [topic]. Additional work on this topic would be incredibly helpful.

  • Your child requests a great deal of adult assistance when completing school work. Let’s work on encouraging independent work.

Sample report card comments for students with proficient skills

Let the parent know all the positives about their child and perhaps encourage students to dig just a little bit deeper.

  • Your student comes to school each day prepared to work hard.
  • I appreciate that your student does their best every single day.

I appreciate that your student does their best every single day.

  • Your student is an enthusiastic member of the class and shows a willingness to learn.
  • I enjoy how invested your child is in their learning.
  • I appreciate your child’s dedication to their studies in my class.
  • Not only is your student strong academically, but they are also a leader in the classroom.
  • I appreciate that your student is always committed to doing their best.
  • Your student understands the material well. Let’s find a way to help them shine.
  • Your child has the potential to be at the top of the class.
  • With a little more effort, your child could move up to the advanced group in [the subject where effort is lacking].

Report card comment; With a little more effort, your child could move up to the advanced group in [the subject where effort is lacking].

  • Your child puts in great work in [preferred subject]! If they apply those skills to [non-preferred subject], there’s no stopping them.
  • Your child excels at applying what they learn in the classroom to real-world and real-life situations. With a little more work, they could really go far!

Sample report card comments for students with advanced skills

Positive behaviors deserve just as much (if not more) attention as negative behaviors. These comments can be the most fun to write. Begin with a simple stem and then fill in the personal details that will make the parent smile. Example sentence starters are:

  • Your child exhibits exceptional focus and diligence in their work.
  • Your student is excellent at taking ownership of their learning.
  • I appreciate that your child is committed to doing their best.
  • Your student seeks new challenges.
  • Your child has a fantastic work ethic.
  • Your child exceeds expectations on a regular basis.
  • Your student avoids careless errors through attention to detail.

Report card comments: your student avoids careless errors through attention to detail.

  • Your child sets high standards for themself and achieves them.
  • Teaching your child is always an adventure! I love it when they …
  • Your child conducts themself with maturity.
  • Your child is able to focus and stays on task during independent work times.
  • Your student uses instincts to deal with matters independently and in a positive way.
  • I have enjoyed your child’s sense of humor in our classroom, as well as …
  • Your child has an impressive understanding and knowledge about their interests.

Sample report card comments to showcase students’ strengths

Students who excel at helping out others deserve to have their skills mentioned in comments!

  • [Student] is confident, positive, and a great role model for their classmates.
  • [Student] is a valuable part of class. They are among the first to help and mentor classmates.
  • [Student] has shown an ability to set goals and work to achieve them.
  • [Student] is engaged and able to set their own learning targets.
  • [Student] is an active participant. They listen attentively and make an effort to avoid distractions that could disrupt their learning.
  • [Student] is accountable for their actions and takes opportunities to improve.
  • [Student] relates well to classmates and appreciates peers’ perspectives.
  • [Student] demonstrates emotional maturity and responds appropriately to feedback.
  • [Student] always looks for ways to be helpful in the classroom.
  • [Student] is dependable and reliable and follows through on commitments.
  • Your student relates well to classmates and is appreciative of different perspectives and experiences.

Report card comments: Your student relates well to classmates and is appreciative of different perspectives and experiences.

  • It is a joy teaching your student! I can always count on them to …
  • Your child makes the classroom a brighter place. They often …
  • Your student’s conduct is exemplary. They …
  • Your student works well with classmates and often takes a leadership role.
  • Not only is your child a strong student, but they are also a wonderful human being.
  • Your student displays good citizenship by assisting other students.
  • Your child demonstrates responsibility daily by caring for the materials in our classroom conscientiously.
  • Your child is exceptionally organized and takes care of their things.
  • Your child is thoughtful and kind in their interactions with others.
  • Your student plans and carries out group activities carefully.
  • Your child is a very special student and one that I will never forget. I will miss them next year!

While all of these comments can supplement the grades on a report card, you don’t have to wait to use them. Sending notes home between progress reports and report cards with little comments like these can bolster the parent-teacher relationship. Write them in communication folders or on postcards for that extra school-home connection.

Sample report card comments to highlight positive behavior

Sometimes you’ll have a lot to say about a student’s positive behaviors. Parents love to hear that their kids are model citizens. Here are comments that communicate all the good behaviors you see in class.

  • [Student] works well with classmates on group work and often takes a leadership role.
  • [Student] shows a positive attitude when working with peers. They take and give suggestions and directions effectively.
  • [Student] excels at applying what they learn to real-world situations.
  • It is a pleasure to have [student]’s enthusiasm and maturity in class.
  • [Student] is an enthusiastic member of class and shows a willingness to learn.
  • [Student] shows responsible behavior, works well in a group, and shows appreciation for classmates’ efforts.

[Student] shows responsible behavior, works well in a group, and shows appreciation for classmates’ efforts.

  • [Student] is focused during class activities and participates in discussions.
  • [Student] works on independent work with focus and confidence.
  • [Student] has overcome big challenges this year.
  • [Student] follows directions promptly and accurately.
  • [Student] transitions easily between classroom activities without distraction.
  • [Student] is polite and uses good manners in the classroom.
  • [Student] responds appropriately when corrected.
  • [Student] takes classroom jobs seriously and demonstrates responsibility when completing them.

Sample report card comments for math

Providing specific information about how a child is doing in core subjects helps parents know exactly what to expect on the grades portion of the report card. And providing a positive statement about a subject can help you lead into a statement about what the child needs to work on.

  • [Student] has a good understanding of math concepts taught this year. They continue to complete work correctly and enjoy math activities.
  • [Student] has a positive attitude toward math but has trouble in a few key areas [list here]. Practicing every night at home will help them improve in these areas.
  • [Student] demonstrates a good understanding of math concepts and communicates clearly and with strong justification.
  • [Student] seems to need continuous encouragement in math. They continue to struggle with foundational math concepts for [grade level].

[Student] seems to need continuous encouragement in math. They continue to struggle with foundational math concepts for [grade level].

  • [Student] is having a difficult time with certain concepts in math. Areas in need of extra work include [list here].
  • [Student] is struggling to maintain pace in math. They could benefit from [practice activity here].
  • [Student] is easily distracted during math and this impacts their learning.
  • [Student] does well on math assignments but struggles with tests. Please make sure they study and prepare for tests as they approach.

Sample report card comments for reading and writing

Just like with math, it’s good to comment on the specific aspects of academics that students are doing well and those that they can work on. Use these comments to explain where a student is in their reading and writing progress.

  • [Student] has made great improvements in [spelling, comprehension, reading] and could use support in [spelling, comprehension, reading]. Please reach out if you need supplemental learning materials to use for practice at home.
  • [Student] always puts effort into their writing work.

[Student] always puts effort into their writing work.

  • [Student] is able to take new skills and apply them to writing assignments.
  • [Student] is able to offer responses to text and supports ideas with sound reasoning and examples.
  • [Student] reads with fluency and comprehension.  
  • [Student] is working on reading fluency. They would benefit from reading aloud at home.
  • [Student] is able to understand and discuss text read aloud.
  • [Student] consistently reads grade-level material.
  • [Student] is able to choose books to read that they really enjoy.
  • [Student] uses editing skills to edit writing to improve grammar and punctuation.
  • [Student] organizes writing well and organizes thoughts into complete paragraphs.

[Student] organizes writing well and organizes thoughts into complete paragraphs.

  • [Student] is able to analyze character actions and story plots and make inferences from what they read.
  • [Student] is thoughtful and insightful in class discussion and written work. They express their ideas clearly.

Sample report card comments about social skills

As much as school is about academics, parents also worry about social skills and how their child is doing in terms of fitting in, making friends, and managing social situations. For some kids, this will be a strength and for some it will be an area of focus, but make sure to include whatever information parents need to know.

  • [Student] has made many friends in the classroom.
  • [Student] is well liked by classmates.
  • [Student] treats other students with empathy and fairness.

[Student] treats other students with empathy and fairness.

  • [Student] handles disagreements with peers appropriately.
  • [Student] appears comfortable in new situations.
  • [Student] chooses to spend free time with friends.

Sample report card comments about communication

Communication is another important skill that students are learning and honing in school that you can report on. Particularly for kids whose communication skills are either a strength or something they need help with, a comment about this can be very helpful to parents.

  • [Student] has a well-developed vocabulary.
  • [Student] expresses their ideas clearly.
  • [Student] has a vibrant imagination and uses their imagination in storytelling and writing.
  • [Student] always participates in whole-group discussions.
  • [Student] can make a logical and persuasive argument in oral discussion or in writing.

[Student] can make a logical and persuasive argument in oral discussion or in writing.

  • [Student] listens to the comments and ideas of others without interrupting.
  • [Student] is working on participating in class. Please encourage them to raise their hand or engage in group discussion.
  • I would love to hear from [student] more. Please encourage them to participate in class.
  • [Student] is working on using their words to solve problems/communicate well with peers.

Sample report card comments about group work

Group work gets at a child’s ability to work with peers, solve problems, and communicate. It’s also often a barometer for social skills. Giving comments about group work can tell parents a lot about how their child is able to succeed in teamwork and if there are any red flags.

  • [Student] offers constructive suggestions to peers.
  • [Student] accepts recommendations of peers and acts on them when appropriate.
  • [Student] takes various roles in group work as assigned or as needed.
  • [Student] welcomes leadership roles in groups.
  • [Student] shows fairness in distributing group tasks.
  • [Student] plans and carries out group activities carefully.

[Student] plans and carries out group activities carefully.

  • [Student] works democratically with peers.
  • [Student] encourages peers during group work.
  • [Student] is working on accepting their share of the work during group assignments.

Sample report card comments about time management

Managing time is a skill that gets more and more important as kids move through school, and it is something that all parents can help with at home. Help parents know how their child is doing managing time with these comments.

  • [Student] approaches classroom assignments, tasks, and group work in an organized way.
  • [Student] is on time and prepared for class each day.
  • [Student] works at an appropriate pace.
  • [Student] is able to pace their work for long-term assignments.

[Student] is able to pace their work for long-term assignments.

  • [Student] completes makeup work in a timely fashion.
  • [Student] is working on using time wisely.
  • [Student] is working on managing time, especially when there are multiple tasks to complete during a work period.
  • [Student] is working on organizing their materials and using organization to support work completion.

Sample report card comments about work habits

Same as time management, comments about work habits are helpful for parents because they explain how a student is approaching their work and how their academics are impacted because of these habits.

  • [Student] is self-motivated.
  • [Student] exceeds expectations with the quality of their work.
  • [Student] readily grasps new concepts or ideas.
  • [Student] produces neat and careful work.

[Student] produces neat and careful work.

  • [Student] checks work thoroughly before submitting it.
  • [Student] pays attention to work and submits work that does not have errors.
  • [Student] is working on producing neat work.
  • [Student] is working on checking work thoroughly before submitting it.
  • [Student] is working on submitting work that does not have errors. They frequently require additional review to ensure that all errors are corrected.

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Achievement and Improvement - General Comments:

  • If _____ continues to put out the effort he has demonstrated in the last two reporting periods, he will benefit greatly from his education.
  • The following ideas might help him enhance his _____.
  • I'm hoping that the current level of enthusiasm and progress will continue.
  • In all academic disciplines, _____ is improving. She's having a hard time with____.
  • She has a long way to go, but if she works hard enough, she will see results soon.
  • _____ takes tremendous pride in his work and always completes it neatly.
  • _____ is a frequent volunteer who makes significant contributions to the class. She has a tendency to work too rapidly, which leads to a lot of unintentional mistakes. At home and at school, we can assist her in correcting this.
  • For his age, _____ is a hard worker with outstanding vocabulary skills. He likes to read and write.
  • The quality of _____'s work reflects her positive attitude. Thank you for all of your hard work.
  • Despite his best efforts, _____ finds it difficult to keep up with the rest of the class. Can we meet to discuss this?
  • As we mentioned at our latest meeting, ______'s work is not up to par. I am confident that with more effort and concentration, he will quickly improve.
  • _____ is genuinely interested in everything we do in class. She, on the other hand, is experiencing some difficulties with . Please go through this with her every night.

Achievement and Improvement - Academic Achievement:

  • In ______, _____ is quite strong.
  • _____ has received an excellent grade on his report card.
  • ______ is something that _____ knows a lot about.
  • _____ is a bright and hardworking student who excels in_____
  • In all of the fundamental subjects, _____ is performing admirably.
  • In ______, _____ is working over grade level.
  • _____ is particularly skilled at______.
  • Because of her low achievement level, _____ finds it challenging to keep up with the rest of the class.
  • In the domains of ____, _____ is capable of reaching a higher average.
  • We will concentrate on _____ in the coming term because _____ has had problems learning .
  • _____ is capable of doing a much better job.
  • Both you and I must continue to guide and assist _____.
  • To get her up to _____ grade level, _____ has been really cooperative and only needs to improve her social studies skills.
  • _____ has been getting poor grades on quizzes and tests.
  • _____ does not work to her full potential.
  • The material is tough for _____ to comprehend.

Achievement and Improvement - Improvement:

  • The independence of _____ is increasing.
  • _____ has steadily improved.
  • _____ has been steadily improving.
  • In ______, _____ has demonstrated a positive attitude toward wanting to improve.
  • _____ appears to be eager to learn more. In _______, _____ has experienced rapid expansion.
  • Academically, _____ is making steady progress.
  • The quality of _____'s work is improving.
  • _____ has improved her _____ abilities.
  • _____ has demonstrated a positive desire to improve herself in _____.
  • If he were more interested in _______, his performance would increase.
  • This reporting period, _____ has made significant progress.
  • I'm pleased to see that _____ is maturing well, and I hope that this trend continues.
  • The classroom attitude of _____ has improved.

Work habits - General Report Card Comments:

  • As I have stated in my reports, _______ does not manage his time effectively in class. Please explain to him that we study in class and play only at particular times during the school day.
  • When ______ is able to relax, she produces considerably better results. She does, however, frequently seek the attention of her peers, which causes everyone to be distracted.
  • _________ must continue to improve his work habits, as we mentioned in earlier meetings. We need to encourage him to take his work much more seriously.
  • ______ enjoys participating in artistic pursuits. However, I am concerned about how much time she spends painting when she has other responsibilities. Could we possibly meet to explore methods for assisting ________ in resolving this problem?
  • _______ is now working on grade-level material. I am confident, though, that he is capable of producing superior work. I'm confident that his work will improve as his attention improves.
  • ______ wastes a lot of his work time daydreaming and then fails to finish on time. He is capable of doing the work in the time provided, and he needs to get started.
  • _______ has done some good work, but it hasn't been consistent. She is a very gregarious and restless person who frequently does not complete her assignment on time. Thank you so much for your assistance at home. Please keep working with her on this matter.
  • _______ is very eager to do her work, yet she can be a nuisance to the other pupils. Despite the fact that she has made improvement in this area over the last month, she still has work to do.
  • ______ is having trouble because he frequently speaks out loud, disrupting the other pupils. He's working on changing this unhealthy behaviour, and he's made some progress in the last several weeks.
  • _________ needs to continue to improve his work habits, as we mentioned in earlier meetings. We must motivate him to take his task more seriously.
  • _______ has done some excellent work, but it hasn't been consistent. She is a social butterfly who is often agitated and frequently fails to complete her tasks on time. I appreciate your assistance at home. Continue to collaborate with her on this matter.
  • _______ is very eager to do her work, yet she can be a nuisance to the other pupils. She has made progress in this area over the last month, but she still has work to do.

Work habits - listening skills:

  • _____ is improving her ability to pay attention to directions.
  • _____ is working on improving her listening skills.
  • ______  is learning to listen and share.
  • _____ pays close attention to what is being said.
  • _____ is a hard worker who listens carefully.
  • _____ assesses what she hears.
  • All instructions must be followed by _____.
  • Directions are tough for _____ to follow.

Work habits - Quality of work:

  • The handiwork of _____ is superb.
  • _____ appreciates doing nice, meticulous work.
  • The work of _____ is tidy and precise.
  • _____ creates vibrant and intriguing artwork.
  • Work well done is something that _____ is proud of.
  • _____ is prone to making careless mistakes.
  • _____ is untidy.
  • Proofreading is something that _____ must do.

Work habits - Time management:

  • _____ is learning to use his free time wisely.
  • _____ is always efficient with her time.
  • _____ never finishes assignments in the time provided.
  • During work hours, _____ is getting more dependable.
  • _____ is on the verge of being self-sufficient.
  • _____ is growing more self-sufficient.
  • On assignments, _____ works autonomously.
  • _____ is unable to do individual assignments.
  • _____ is a good listener, but she needs to work faster.
  • _____ needs to be pushed.
  • _____ lacks self-sufficiency.
  • _____ is prone to being easily distracted.
  • _____ operates at a slow pace.
  • _____ does not finish assignments in the time allotted.
  • _____ appears unable to complete the required work.
  • _____ frequently completes work ahead of schedule.
  • _____ is indifferent about the value of time.
  • In his written work, _____ sacrifices accuracy for the sake of speed.

Work habits - Work potential and effort report card comments:

  • _____ has a lot of potential and is working hard to realise it.
  • _____ is performing to the best of his or her ability.
  • _____ is a dependable and conscientious worker.
  • _____ is enthusiastic about his or her job in general.
  • _____ is looking for information.
  • _____ is a dedicated student.
  • _____ is very conscientious.
  • _____ is a pleasant and responsible student.
  • _____ is a dedicated worker.
  • During the ___ period, _____ is a hard worker.
  • _____ is a respectful and conscientious student.
  • If _____ is to gain the fundamentals required for ____ grade work, he must improve his work habits.
  • _____'s efforts are inconsistent, particularly in ____.
  • When not directly supervised, _____ makes little effort. _____ is eager to please.

Personality and Attitude - General report card comments:

  • Although ______'s attitude toward his schoolwork has improved, it has not been consistent. Throughout the rest of the school year, he will require consistent guidance from both home and school.
  • This report card reflects _______'s attitude toward school. He could do better if he worked harder and cooperated more.
  • This reporting quarter reflects ______'s attitude toward our school rules, other students, and myself. She has the potential to be a successful student if she works hard enough.
  • As my previous reports have shown, _____ does not complete his schoolwork. He can do better if he makes the decision to work harder and finish his assignments.
  • Although _____'s attitude toward her classmates has improved, she still needs to be reminded to be respectful on a regular basis.
  • As we discussed in our last meeting, _______ has a negative attitude toward basic skills. Please continue to do a nightly review with her, focusing especially on .
  • Thank you for your enthusiasm for our class. I am pleased to report that ______ is improving in terms of his attitude in our classroom.
  • ______ has made great strides this year in terms of her attitude in the classroom and on the playground.
  • If ______ is to overcome her attitude and social difficulties, I will continue to need your assistance and support. If she can make a positive effort in this area, she will find school much more enjoyable.
  • ________'s attitude has improved over time. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

Personality and Attitude - Attitude:

  • _____ has a fantastic attitude.
  • _____ has a great attitude toward school.
  • _____ maintains a positive attitude toward school.
  • _____ takes responsibility well and has a pleasant demeanour.
  • _____ takes the initiative and thinks things through on his own.
  • _____ is changing his attitude toward __ grade.
  • _____ must improve his or her classroom demeanour.

Personality and attitude - Personality:

  • _____ is a nice student to work with.
  • _____ is an exceptionally thoughtful student.
  • _____ has a pleasant demeanour.
  • _____ is a pleasant and friendly person.
  • _____ is cooperative and content.
  • _____ is courteous and cooperative.
  • _____ has a friendly attitude.
  • _____ is a joy to be around.
  • _____ is a pleasant and helpful person.
  • _____ is a pleasant and cooperative youngster.
  • _____ is a cheerful, well-adjusted child, but_____.
  • _____ is self-assured and well-mannered.
  • We all enjoy _____'s sense of humour.
  • _____ is amusing and enjoys the stories we read.
  • _____ is easily disturbed.
  • _____ is prone to crying.
  • _____ appears tired a lot at school.
  • Although ____________'s social maturity is increasing, it is inconsistent.

Personality and Attitude - Participation:

  • _____ is excited about taking part.
  • _____ contributes significantly in class.
  • _____ is a frequent volunteer.
  • _____ is eager to participate in all classroom activities.
  • _____ is enthusiastic about what we do.
  • _____ contributes significantly.
  • _____ participates actively in discussions about ____
  • _____ responds nicely.
  • _____ addresses the group with confidence.
  • _____ takes turns speaking.
  • Participating in conversations and discussions is something that _____ enjoys doing.
  • In class, _____ should take an active role in the discussion.

End of Year - General Report Card Comments:

  • This year has seen a significant improvement in ______'s study habits. Please keep working on these abilities over the summer.
  • Thank you for your interest in this year's schoolwork of _____ . Her work will provide her with a great deal of satisfaction if she continues to put forth the effort.
  • ______ is a good citizen who works hard. I've had a great time having him in my class this year. Have a fantastic summer!
  • This year, ______ has matured nicely. His progress over the last three months has been impressive. I'm hoping that this effort and attitude will continue into the next school year.
  • Thank you for your interest in our class this year and for your support. ______ is a diligent student who should do well in the ____ grade.

End of Year - Phrases:

  • This year, both academically and socially, ______ has matured nicely.
  • ______'s friendly, genuine demeanour has made him a popular member of the __ grade.
  • This summer, ______ would benefit from reading a lot of library books.
  • If ______ is to succeed in the _____ grade, he must improve his reading speed and comprehension.
  • As the year progressed, ______ continued to bloom.
  • ______ made my year more enjoyable.
  • ______ is a very pleasant and willing worker who takes a keen interest in all of her work. It's been great having her in my room.
  • Thank you for the assistance I'm sure you've provided her.
  • Please continue with _____ review and as many reading experiences as possible over the summer.
  • Thank you for your interest in ______'s personality.
  • I'm sorry I couldn't meet you this year.
  • Thank you for your help.
  • With her friendly, cooperative demeanour, ______ will always be a welcome addition to any class.
  • I've had a good time being associated with ______.
  • I had a great time having ______ in my class.
  • It was a pleasure having ______ in my class.

Language Arts and Reading - Report Card Remarks:

  • ______'s reading has improved significantly over the course of the year. Please continue to read with her every night.
  • ______ is an excellent public speaker. Her written work, on the other hand, could be much better. With more effort, progress should be made gradually.
  • ______ has made significant progress in her creative writing. She's gotten better at using more colourful words.
  • ______ is making great strides in her reading of sight words. Please keep practising with him every night.
  • Since the beginning of the school year, ______'s spelling scores have significantly improved. The fact that he studies his spelling words every night has made a significant difference. Thank you for your assistance.
  • ______ is having trouble writing clear, fluent sentences, despite her best efforts. Is it possible for us to meet to discuss some useful strategies?

Language Arts and Reading - Listening:

  • ______ pays close attention to stories.
  • ______ can tell the difference between sounds in words.
  • ______ has trouble differentiating between sounds in words.

Language Arts and Reading - Reading and Vocabulary report card comments:

  • ______ picks up new words rapidly.
  • ______ needs to improve his reading speed and comprehension.
  • _______ has a well-developed reading vocabulary.
  • ______ is a voracious reader.
  • ______ is now aware of and proficient in the use of ____ consonant and vowel sounds.
  • The sounds ____ and ____ are mixed up by _____ .
  • ______ may blend short words without help by utilising the vowel(s) .
  • ______ is working on attacking words on his own.
  • The reading of ______ is.. (smooth, jerky, hesitant, rapid, irregular, or fluent).
  • ______ understands what she is reading.
  • ______ enjoys reading and is passionate about literature.
  • ______ is able to read and follow instructions.
  • _____ sight words are now recognised by ____ .
  • ______ enjoys reading.
  • To retain reading vocabulary, ______ requires a lot of repetition and practise.
  • ______ continues to mix up words that appear to be the same.
  • ______ is starting to read phrases and groupings of words.
  • The reading of ______ is getting habitual.
  • The reading of ______ is still not automatic.
  • ______ enjoys talking about the stories we've been reading.
  • ______ can read his sentences back

Language Arts and Reading- Speaking:

  • ______ uses entire sentences when speaking.
  • ______ expresses himself clearly.
  • (Pronouns, verbs) are difficult for ______ to correctly use.
  • Dramatization is something that ______ appreciates.
  • ______ possesses a strong oral vocabulary.
  • ______ employs proper punctuation.
  • When speaking, ______ utilises a lot of colourful words.
  • When speaking, ______ utilises (complicated, basic) sentences.
  • ______ takes part in a group storytelling session.

Language Arts and Reading - Writing:

  • ______ must use his or her abilities in all written work.
  • ______ is a fantastic writer of creative stories and poetry.
  • ______ can accurately arrange periods and question marks.
  • In his writing, ______ employs a variety of colourful words.
  • In her work, ______ employs (complicated, simple) sentences.
  • ______ can now compose a complete sentence on his own.
  • ______ can compose a two- to four-sentence original tale.
  • ______ arranges words in the correct sequence.
  • In writing, ______ demonstrates self-assurance.
  • ______ can put together a number of similar sentences.
  • ______ is working on expanding his spelling vocabulary.
  • To look up unusual words, ______ consults a dictionary.
  • ______ enjoys learning new words to spell.
  • ______ has an easy time learning to spell words.
  • ______ has a tendency of reversing letters in words.
  • ______ has trouble memorising non-phonetic word spellings.
  • To recall spelling, ______ makes use of hand or body motions.

General and Handwriting - General Report Card Remarks:

  • ______'s basic skills are all on grade level, but he is not working to his full potential.
  • Over the last quarter, ______'s schoolwork has improved. I sincerely hope that this work will continue.
  • ______'s actions are still inconsistent. She continues to struggle with obeying school rules and treating other pupils with respect. Please call to schedule a meeting. Thank you for your unwavering support and assistance from home. It's clear that you've been spending extra time with ______ on his schooling.
  • Since our last meeting, ______ has improved. I recommend that you keep working on ______ every night.
  • ______ is a well-mannered and vigilant ____ grader. He needs to be encouraged to engage in class because he is a quiet boy. Any assistance you can provide from your own home would be really valuable.
  • ______ has made a good transition to her new school. Could you please contact me as soon as you have moved into your new home to arrange a meeting?
  • ______ is becoming more self-assured.
  • ______ is adhering to grade-level standards.
  • ______ does a fantastic job in everything he does.
  • ______ is a hard worker who excels in all areas.
  • ______ is a person who thinks clearly.
  • ______'s thoughts are well-organized.
  • It is important to encourage ______ to .
  • ______ requires a lot of encouragement.
  • ______ is a creative person.
  • ______ is a frequent latecomer.
  • ______ takes a lot of time off.
  • ______ has not completed her makeup work.
  • ______ is a bright student who appears to ponder deeply.
  • ______ is quick to pick up on new concepts.
  • ______ is a person who talks a much.
  • ______ should devote more time to his or her allotted job.
  • ______ does not devote enough time to his or her homework.
  • ______ has to work on his or her self-control.
  • A meeting has been requested.
  • Please call to schedule a meeting.
  • Your unwavering cooperation and assistance are greatly appreciated.
  • It is conceivable for ______ to achieve higher grades than expected.

General and Handwriting - Handwriting:

  • The handwriting of ______ needs to be improved.
  • ______'s motor skills are good/ bad/ fine.
  • ______ can print along the lines.
  • ______ appropriately spaces letters and words.
  • The work of ______ is untidy.
  • ______ does not properly form letters.
  • Although some of ______'s printing is excellent, it is frequently clumsy in daily assignments.

Category wise:

  • Demonstrates perseverance in distance learning and serves as a role model for other students.
  • TEAMS is used to submit class assignments and communicate with teachers and classmates.
  • Has done an excellent job of navigating new technology and troubleshooting technical issues.
  • Completes asynchronous and autonomous work and always meets deadlines.
  • When it comes to completing learning assignments, she goes above and beyond in terms of detail and quality.
  • With online learning, ____ has successfully maintained his/her class demeanour and work habits.
  • _____ is methodical in his approach, thinks things through for himself, and is a quick and eager student.
  • _____ is fascinated by the nature of learning and always puts in his or her best effort to find the greatest available solutions.
  • _____ is a focused and enthusiastic participant in the online learning session, and works with zeal and determination.
  • _____ is able to reach his or her full potential, as evidenced by his or her contributions to conversations and work submitted.
  • Maintains focus in online learning despite technological challenges and changes associated with remote learning.
  • ___ enthusiastically engages in class discussions and works effectively with peers.
  • ___ takes charge of his or her own education and always asks for support when needed.
  • Always arrives on time for class and is a dedicated student.
  • ___ was usually well-prepared, well-organized, and enthusiastic about making the most of online classes.
  • ___ is a dedicated student who participates actively in class. His/her suggestions are useful and entertaining.
  • ___ takes an active interest in his or her own learning, pays close attention, and makes a concerted effort to avoid distractions that could disrupt the learning process.
  • ___ is a person who takes responsibility and accountability seriously. He or she makes sound decisions and is open to new ideas.
  • ___ gets along well with his peers and values varied viewpoints and experiences.
  • ___ is constantly looking for ways to assist in the classroom.
  • ___ is dependable and trustworthy, follows instructions well, and keeps his or her promises to himself and others.
  • In written and verbal communication, ___ is thoughtful, insightful, and comprehensive, and has a talent for clearly conveying his or her ideas.
  • When solving problems with students, ___ displays maturity and exhibits good communication skills when sharing thoughts and ideas about a certain topic/concept.
  • ___ excels at transferring classroom knowledge to real-world and real-life circumstances.
  • It's been a delight having ____'s energy, optimism, and maturity in my class.
  • ____ is a classmate who is eager about learning and willing to try new things.
  • During class, ____ is focused and willing to provide ideas.
  • With confidence and determination, ____ completes solo work.
  • ____ is a self-starter who takes pride in her job.
  • In class, ____ is attentive and eager to engage in discussions.
  • ____ is a very conscientious worker who puts in a lot of effort and attention on a daily basis.
  • In his or her daily labour, ____ makes a willing and conscientious effort.
  • ____ makes a conscious effort to study new things and improve his or her knowledge.
  • This term, ____ has done an outstanding job confronting and overcoming significant obstacles. Throughout the summer, please continue to foster and support this behaviour.
  • When given instructions, ____ takes responsibility and follows them.
  • ____ has trouble keeping on task and finishing his or her assignment.
  • He or she must pay close attention to directions in order to learn to operate autonomously.
  • Reminders about the regular classroom schedule are required. It would be beneficial to talk about the classroom routine at home.
  • Turns in incomplete work or no homework on a regular basis. Encouraging ____ to complete his or her work on time and according to the timetable and timeline set, so enhancing his or her organisational skills.
  • Does not actively participate in group activities; therefore, is encouraged to put forth effort in order to improve communication skills as well as attention and confidence.
  • ___ was an active participant in online learning sessions, but she needed to be reminded from time to time to allow other students to share their work and ideas as well.
  • ___ participates enthusiastically in online group activities, but finds it difficult to work independently.

Below Average:

  • During class, ___'s engagement and behaviour are inconsistent and disengaged.
  • ___ is having trouble grasping concepts. It would be useful to pay more attention to the required tasks and to attend the online classes on a regular basis.
  • When it comes to schoolwork, ___ needs a lot of help from adults. She has trouble grasping simple concepts and is unable to work on her own.
  • In the online learning environment, ___ struggled to engage and participate in discussions and activities.
  • ___ has not worked hard enough to satisfy the grade level objectives. It would be great to have regular work habits, active engagement, and the ability to clarify doubts.
  • ___ needs to pay greater attention to guidance throughout lessons in order to apply concepts learned and complete given assignments.
  • ___ would benefit from demonstrating a stronger desire to participate in class discussions.
  • ___ needs to be reminded to pay attention during instructions and lessons on a regular basis.
  • ___ has trouble focusing in class, which hinders his or her ability to participate fully in class activities and tasks.
  • ___ is encouraged to make good use of his or her time in order to finish things on schedule.
  • ___ is encouraged to take greater responsibility for completing chores without the need for frequent reminders.
  • ___ must demonstrate that he or she is engaged in the learning process through the quality of his or her work and the efficient use of class time.

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107 Report Card Comments to Use and Adapt

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Written by Justin Raudys

Reviewed by Sarah Tino, M.Ed.

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  • Teacher Resources

Learning skills (positive comments)

Learning skills (needs improvement), addition and subtraction, skip counting, place value, comparing numbers, addition with regrouping.

  • Word problems
  • Language (general)

Reading responses

Reading comprehension, response journal, note taking, distance learning.

  • Tips for writing effective report cards
  • Key considerations for effective end-of-year report cards

Just about every teacher agrees: report card comments are important to provide insights and next steps to students and families. But there are few who actually look forward to writing them.

Because every instructor knows working under tight deadlines to create upwards of 20 unique and detailed reports at the end of the year or term isn’t exactly straightforward (or particularly fun). That's especially true in the era of distance learning.

And while no one at your school knows your students better than you do, writing valuable report card comments for each of them can be a huge challenge.

That’s why we created a list of 107 sample report card comments — starters to help you find ideas, inspiration, and insights while writing your own report cards.

The 107 report card comments in this list will help you:

  • Instill a  growth mindset in students
  • Build stronger home-to-school connections
  • Write stronger leads and use livelier language
  • Choose the right phrasing when writing positive and constructive report card comments

Report card comment starters

You'll notice that the report card comments below can act as a springboard for more fully developed ones. But don't worry, using them you'll be able to take some of these one-liners and turn them into insightful and actionable next steps!

For example, you'll be able to take a 1st grade number sense comment like "Your child is able to add and subtract numbers up to 20 using various manipulatives" and transform it into:

Your child is able to add and subtract numbers up to 20 using various manipulatives. This was evident when he was working independently to solve a real-world problem by adding toys in the classroom toy bin. As a next step, they should continue to add to larger numbers to encourage his skills. You can support him by asking him to add his own toy piles at home.

Or taking a responsibility-related learning skill comment from "Your child is able to take responsibility for her own actions both in and out of the classroom" to:

Your child is able to take responsibility for her own actions both in and out of the classroom. She often checks her agenda and day planner to make sure she has all of the necessary materials to complete work at home before leaving. During indoor recess, she takes time to tidy up everything she was playing with.

Notice the difference?

Compared to a single number or letter grade, report card comments can provide even more value to your students and their families. In other words, a number or letter or grade captures the what , while an accompanying comment captures the how .

Depending on the age group or grade level you teach, a letter or grade letter might be enough. However, research in Phi Delta Kappan, the professional journal for educators, suggests:

Comments that identify what students did well, what improvements they need to make, and how to make those improvements, provided with sensitivity to important contextual elements, can guide students on their pathways to learning success and ensure that all learn excellently.

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  • ________ is confident, positive and a great role model for his/her classmates.
  • ________ is frequently among the first to help and mentor other classmates. He/she is a valuable part of the classroom.
  • ________ has shown excellent ability to set goals and be persistent in achieving them.
  • ________ is interested in his/her own learning, listens attentively, and makes a solid effort to avoid distractions that could interrupt the learning process.
  • ________ is accountable and responsible. He/she makes smart decisions, admits mistakes and listens to opportunities to improve.
  • ________ relates well to classmates and is appreciative of different perspectives and experiences.
  • ________ manages his/her emotions maturely and responds to feedback appropriately.
  • ________ always looks for ways to be helpful in the classroom.
  • ________ is dependable and reliable, follows directions effectively, and follows through on his/her commitments to him/herself and others.
  • ________ is thoughtful, insightful and thorough in written and verbal communication, and has a talent for expressing his/her ideas clearly.
  • ________ works well with classmates in group work and often takes a leadership role.
  • ________ shows a positive attitude with classmates in group projects and activities, and both takes and gives suggestions and directions effectively.
  • ________ shows maturity when solving problems with classmates and uses good communication.
  • ________ excels at applying what he/she learns in the classroom to real-world and real-life situations.
  • It has been a pleasure to have _______'s enthusiasm, positivity and maturity in my class.
  • ________ is an enthusiastic member of the class and shows a willingness to learn.
  • ________ shows responsible behavior, works well with a group and shows appreciation for the efforts of classmates.
  • ________ is focused during classroom activities and willingly participated in class discussions.
  • ________ performs independent work with confidence and focus.
  • ________ works independently and takes pride in work done well.
  • ________ is focused in class and willingly participates in group discussion.
  • ________ is very conscientious and shows excellent effort and care with daily work.
  • ________ demonstrates a willing and conscientious effort in his/her daily work.
  • ________ shows a conscientious effort to learn.
  • ________ has done a great job facing and overcoming big challenges this year. Please continue to nurture and encourage this behavior over the summer.
  • ________ shows responsibility and follows directions whenever they are given.
  • ________ listens to and follows directions precisely and attentively.
  • ________ follows directions promptly and accurately.
  • ________ is an active participant in class.
  • ________ is a hard worker who calmly perseveres through challenging topics.
  • ________ is encouraged to demonstrate more responsible attitudes and behavior in the classroom.
  • ________ needs to show more appropriate behavior when interacting with classmates.
  • ________ needs to pay attention to the use of appropriate language at all times
  • ________ requires encouragement to listen attentively during group sharing times.
  • ________  needs to listen to directions more attentively during lessons.
  • ________ would benefit from showing a greater desire to contribute ideas in class.
  • ________ needs frequent reminders to be attentive during instructions and lessons.
  • ________ needs to improve his/her cooperation in group settings. He/she should work on voicing feelings and opinions and listening to others.
  • ________ needs to improve his/her work with others. He/she must ensure to accept a share of the work when participating in a group assignment.
  • ________ needs to improve on working independently and be sure to ask for assistance only when it is needed.
  • ________ often struggles to focus in class, which harms his/her ability to engage well with class activities and assignments.
  • ________ is encouraged to use time wisely to finish tasks in the time required.
  • ________ is encouraged to be more responsible in completing tasks without needing regular reminders.
  • ________ needs to show by the quality of work and use of class time that he/she is properly engaged in the learning process.
  • ________ consistently needs reminders to focus on time management.
  • ________ needs to follow classroom rules more closely throughout the school day.

Math (general comments)

  • ________ is having considerable difficulty with math. I recommend he/she work on studying ________ and ________. This extra practice will help him/her feel more relaxed when doing math in the classroom. Please contact me if you need materials to get him/her started.
  • ________ has a good understanding of all math concepts taught so far this year. He/she continues to turn in excellent assignments and especially enjoys hands-on math activities.
  • ________  has a positive attitude towards math but continues to have trouble in a few key areas. He should practice every evening at home. Areas that need extra attention are ________  and ________ .
  • ________  demonstrates a good understanding of all math concepts studied and communicates with clarity and good justification of reasoning.
  • ________ needs to work on increasing his/her speed in math facts. He/she should continue with daily practice with a focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • ________ seems to need continuous encouragement in math. He/she continues to struggle with basic math concepts for his/her grade level.
  • ________ is having a difficult time in certain areas of math. Areas in need of extra work are ________ . Working on these problem areas every night would help improve his/her learning outcomes.
  • ________ is struggling to keep up in math. He/she could benefit from practicing the multiplication table and should also continue to practice the long division process.
  • ________ is easily distracted during math lessons and behavioral issues are interfering with his/her learning. We will be working on more difficult subjects and he/she will struggle if he/she does not pay attention in class.
  • ________ is having trouble with math tests. He/she does well on assignments, but does not seem to retain information for tests. I always give a week’s notice before tests, so please be sure ________ studies and adequately prepares for them as they approach.
  • ________ is able to calculate addition and subtraction facts to 18 with confidence and accuracy.
  • ________  is becoming more able to calculate addition and subtraction facts to 18 with confidence and accuracy.
  • ________  requires more time and practice in calculating addition and subtraction facts to 18
  • ________ needs to put more effort into learning to calculate addition and subtraction facts to 18.
  • ________  is able to skip count forward and backward by twos, fives, tens, and hundreds to complete short patterns.
  • ________  is learning to skip count forward and backward by twos, fives, tens, and hundreds to complete short patterns.
  • ________  needs practice with skip counting forward and backward by twos, fives, tens, and hundreds to complete short patterns.
  • ________  needs considerable practice with skip counting forward and backward by twos, fives, tens, and hundreds to complete short patterns.
  • ________  is able to demonstrate place value concepts to give meaning to numbers from zero to 1000, identifying ones, tens, and hundreds.
  • ________  is developing an understanding of place value concepts to give meaning to numbers zero to identifying ones, tens, and hundreds.
  • ________  requires more time and practice to demonstrate place value concepts to give meaning to numbers 0 to 1000, identifying ones, tens, and 100s.
  • ________ is able to compare numbers to 1000 using terms such as greater or less and greatest or least.
  • ________ is learning to compare numbers to 1000 using terms such as greater or less and greatest or least.
  • ________ requires support to compare numbers to 1000 using terms such as greater or less and greatest or least.
  • ________ demonstrates a limited understanding in comparing numbers to 1000 using terms such as greater or less and greatest or least.
  • ________ can demonstrate and explain the process of addition of whole numbers up to 100, with and without regrouping.
  • ________ requires ongoing support to demonstrate and explain the process of addition of whole numbers up to 100 with and without regrouping.
  • ________ requires considerable attention and individual instruction to demonstrate and explain the process of addition of whole numbers up to 100 with and without regrouping.

Word problems (math)

  • ________ is able to complete word problems using one- and two-digit addition, showing his/her work and writing a full sentence answer.
  • ________ is becoming more confident in his/her ability to complete word problems using one- and two-digit addition, showing his/her work and writing a full sentence answer.

As we move into language and literacy, the following sections include starter report card comments which cover reading, writing, oral communication and critical thinking skills.

Language arts (general)

  • ________ ’s (comprehension, spelling, reading) has greatly improved, but he/she still needs extra work in (comprehension, spelling, reading). Please contact me if you need supplemental learning materials to use at home for practice.
  • ________  is conscious of putting care into his/her daily writing work, and frequently goes beyond the minimum requirements for assignments.
  • ________ has trouble with his handwriting. I believe he/she can form letters well, but has to slow down and take a little more time. Neater handwriting will improve his/her schoolwork overall.
  • ________ makes a good effort to make his/her handwriting legible. He/she is able to print on the lines, use good spacing, and form letters correctly.
  • ________ needs to focus on her spelling. More improvement is needed in the areas of (dictation, weekly spelling tests, sentence structure). Daily practice at home will help improve his/her results.
  • ________ shows the ability to quickly use spelling, punctuation and grammar rules that were recently taught. He/she is able to quickly learn new skills and is eager to apply them to his/her writing.
  • ________ is having considerable difficulty with reading, particularly with fluency and comprehension.
  • ________ speaks well in front of the class, but requires improvement in written language. He/she is having trouble with (dictation, copying words correctly, story writing, creating logical sequences). Further practice is needed in this area.
  • ________ continues to make excellent progress in spelling and reading. He/she works hard to submit work that is free of grammatical errors.
  • ________ has difficulty remembering previously discussed writing skills and often makes errors with punctuation, grammar, and overall sentence structure. Basic writing skills need improvement.
  • ________ is able to offer direct responses to his/her readings and supports ideas with sound reasoning and specific examples.
  • ________ is learning to offer more direct responses to her reading experiences supported by reasons, examples, and details.
  • ________ needs frequent support to offer direct responses to his/her reading experiences supported by reasons, examples, and details.
  • ________ shows good ability when completing reading comprehension tests.
  • ________ would benefit from extra practice with reading aloud and discussion of content.
  • ________ consistently demonstrates comprehension of short spoken texts by answering questions, and explaining the events described.
  • ________ consistently reads grade-level material independently.
  • ________ uses good editing skills and correctly places capitals, quotation marks, question marks, apostrophes, commas, and periods.
  • ________ is doing a good job of breaking a story into paragraphs
  • ________ determines various forms of writing and identifies important ideas through the development of insightful questions and answers.
  • ________ is able to analyze character actions, story plots, and shows strong fluency with reading.
  • ________ uses correct spelling, grammar and punctuation when writing simple sentences.
  • ________ is encouraged to show increased attention to the use of correct spelling, grammar and punctuation with general writing skills.
  • ________ needs more time and practice in the use of correct spelling, grammar and punctuation with general writing skills.
  • ________ requires considerable assistance to achieve the correct spelling, grammar and punctuation when writing simple sentences.
  • ________ shows an excellent understanding of note taking from lectures and readings in preparation for tests and assignments.
  • ________ requires ongoing support to develop an understanding of note taking from lectures and readings in preparation for tests.
  • ________ was very engaged and focused during distance learning activities, and participated in class discussions.
  • ________ stayed motivated to complete assignments during distance learning, and turned in all required materials on time. 
  • ________ needed some extra prompting to stay engaged during online lessons, but participated well in discussions when called upon. 
  • ________ modeled good online learning behavior for other students.
  • ________ was disruptive during online learning and did not meaningfully participate in class discussions.
  • ________ handled technical problems well and was always prepared.
  • Although he/she couldn’t always access a device, _________ consistently completed online assignments and asked thoughtful questions.
  • ________ should ask more questions during online discussions to avoid confusion later.
  • ________’s attendance during online lessons was infrequent and assignments were not always completed.
  • ________ worked well independently and in a group setting during distance learning activities.
  • ________ is excellent at completing distance learning activities independently, but struggled to engage with his/her classmates during breakout sessions or class discussions.
  • ________ is a technology superstar! He/she rarely needed assistance and even helped other classmates troubleshoot issues.
  • ________ asks good questions and always reaches out proactively when he/she needs help with an assignment or lesson.

Tips for teachers to write more effective student report card comments

1. give yourself extra time and start writing comments early.

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Somewhere around the halfway point to your deadline for report cards, you make your best effort to use time at the end of each week to reflect — and jot down notes — about your students’ performance and class week.

What are their strengths and weaknesses? How are their social skills developing with classmates? How is their class participation - are they an enthusiastic learner? Have they shown great improvement in one particular subject area? Are homework assignments getting done? Have any new challenges come up that affect learning?

Even just a few minutes of note-taking in the weeks preceding report card deadlines will help to ease your stress when the time comes to write your final comments.

Moreover, having a dated log of information detailed throughout the school year will help you remember how students are performing throughout each week, which can be valuable information come parent-teacher conference time.

This will also help to engage and reassure parents who want relevant and detailed commentary about their child’s performance at school.

2. Use free, curriculum-aligned apps for teachers

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Use Prodigy to write insightful report cards with a minimum of hassle. Prodigy Math is an engaging math adventure for students where success depends on correctly answering adaptive math questions. 

As students play, you’ll get insights into:

  • Which skills students are practicing
  • How far they’ve progressed through the curriculum
  • What they’ve mastered and where they need more support

Use one of Prodigy’s eight reports to track student progress throughout the year. When the time comes to write report card comments, you’ll have detailed reports on all your students’ achievements.

Just getting started with Prodigy? No problem! The first time students explore the world of Prodigy Math, they’ll start completing the Placement Test — without even knowing. Once they’re done, you’ll have a snapshot of the grade level they’re at, what they know and specific skills they still need to work on.

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3. Be encouraging, informational and professional

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Although every report card cannot be glowingly positive, do strive to write in an encouraging and informational tone. As you write constructive report card comments, use encouraging language that focuses on the student’s opportunity for improvement.

For example, instead of describing a student struggling with listening as a “bad listener,” remark that the student “would benefit from listening more carefully.”

If appropriate, frame a negative comment in terms of what students are doing well -- and consider how this more successful characteristic can help them bolster performance in other areas.

4. Use a consistent format

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Lead your report card comments with the positive comments, followed by areas that need more attention.

Choosing the right format for reporting information will simplify the entire process, while resulting in a clearer and more organized final product.

If you are unclear about your school’s format for report cards, request samples or consult with other teachers or staff members to clarify.

5. Be honest

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Being open and honest about a student’s performance requires tact and consideration with regard to how you  express  those comments. Be transparent, and remain mindful that your goal is to improve your students’ learning experience.

Openness and honesty are key to ensuring that experience is the best it can be. If possible, discuss what  intervention strategies  you can use to help improve the student’s learning outcomes. 

As elementary teacher Donna Donaghue remarks in her book  A Guide for Beginning Elementary Teachers: Getting Hired and Staying Inspired :

If there is a problem, most parents will be grateful to you for telling them and will want to help you correct it as soon as possible. Many problems that show up at school are also problems noticed at home, so your comments will not surprise parents. Ideally, at some point prior to receiving the progress report, parents have already discussed the problem with you.

6. Move on if you get stuck

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If you get stuck completing the comments for a particular student, move on to your other students and return to it later. You will likely have more trouble completing comments for students who have multiple areas needing further improvement and attention.

Feel free to move on and return to those students periodically or as you find the right language to express your insights.

7. Keep parents and guardians in mind

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While every report card comment is ultimately about your student, think of your students’ parents or guardians as much as possible and offer suggestions for their participation.

In fact, if you can, keep parents up to date on an ongoing basis. This will help ensure they don't get caught off guard by any of your comments.

As you make note of your students’ strengths and weaknesses, endeavor to include practical insights into how parents can involve and support their child at home. If possible, make reference to how you use  differentiated instruction  to support the student in question.

Simple examples of tips for parents include:

  • "Encourage your child to read. It doesn't have to be on your own either. Dedicating time before bed to read together can help make it seem like less of a chore."
  • "Find homework help for your child if needed. Myself and other parents who are also getting homework help for their child are great resources to get started."
  • "Ensure that your child completes their homework by creating a homework routine with your family where incentives like TV or computer time come after homework."
  • "Help your child with organization skills at home. If a room in your house could be tidier, try using that as an opportunity to sort things like toys or dishes and utensils."
  • "Help your child prepare for math tests by focusing their skills in addition and subtraction. If they don't like studying with traditional worksheets, try a digital game-based learning tool to help get them excited about the process."

As high school educator and teaching comprehension expert Anne Goudvis writes in her book Strategies That Work:

It is important that you include the parents in your comment so they know the child’s education is a joint mission. Sometimes you need to sound firm so that parents know you need their help and that you will not allow their child to continue inappropriate behavior.

8. Try not to repeat yourself

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It is unlikely that your students or parents will compare their report card comments, but it is still a best practice to aim for unique commentary for each student that reflects each, individual learning outcome.

9. Proofread, even if you don’t want to

Report card time is perhaps your busiest period of the year, and it is understandable that you want to simply get them over with.

Despite this, you should make sure to double check all your comments before hitting print and handing them out. All your communications to parents are a reflection of you as a teacher, and should mirror the care and attention you show your students in class.

10. Notify parents

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Make use of your school’s parent portal or email system to let parents know — as needed — that report card time is coming up.

This will help parents be prepared, and will also ensure that any important questions they may have are addressed before the final report cards are delivered.

Did you know?

If you're using Prodigy Math in your classroom, you can connect parents to follow their child's progress. A free parent account comes with a monthly report card and insights into classroom learning, helping them stay informed of how their child is doing in class. They can also send their child an encouraging message to cheer their child on as they play and practice skills in Prodigy!

11. Use specific examples with the help of direct observation

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Record and use classroom anecdotes in your assessments. No matter how involved you are in your students’ progress, it can still be difficult to produce specific examples related to their performance if you haven’t recorded them along the way.

When you notice a positive or negative skill, ability, strength, or weakness in a class activity or assignment, be sure to note it down so that you may refer to it in your report card comments. Likewise, consider noting a sample of a student’s work every week or two.

To help with ease of access, keep ongoing files of this work in a personal folder or use a digital tool such as a Google Doc.

Putting this into practice is a time-saver and helps prevent last-minute stress. A strategy like direct observation and note-taking (as soon as possible) is far more reliable than trying to recall information and behaviors from weeks or months prior.

12. Try using tech to help

Writer's block happens to all of us, including teachers. If the report card comments in this article didn't help, fear not, there are still plenty of tools and resources to give you a helping hand.

One new option for teachers is using artificial intelligence (AI) to assist with report card ideas. For example, teachers can use tools like ChatGPT to generate examples for their specific needs.

When using chat technology, try to keep your prompt concise and easy to follow. A good template prompt to follow is:

"Write [number] report card comments for students studying [subject] in [grade]."

Here are some more specific examples to help get you started:

  • Write 50 report card comments for students studying social studies in 5th grade.
  • Generate 20 report card remarks commending a student for a positive attitude to learning.
  • Create 10 report card comments that focus on a student needing to improve their attitude to learning.

Alternatively, you can use spreadsheets and report card builders to manually piece together a report card based on a template of comments.

Important tip: When using AI chat technology, make sure you don't submit any personal details about you or your students. Instead let the tool use a placeholder like "Student".

Key considerations for report card comments at the end of the year

Report card comments should aim to deliver feedback to students and parents that is  personalized, detailed,  and  meaningful .

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Writing report card comments doesn’t have to be stressful. Use these strategies to create livelier, more meaningful evaluations.

Effective report card comments emphasize and discuss:

  • The specific, notable strengths that a student has shown and should attempt to continue to show
  • The specific elements of knowledge, skills, and other outcomes recognized in the curriculum that are the most pertinent to a student’s achievement or development in the period of assessment
  • The major next steps for improvement that will: identify the student’s most important learning needs, offer next steps for students and offer specific recommendations for how parents and guardians can help the student’s learning habits and skills (or the development of those habits and skills)

Effective report card comments are personalized – customized to each, individual student – and discuss:

  • The student’s learning preferences, willingness to learn, and interests
  • Detailed evidence of learning or skill-development gathered from in-class observations, and/or student assignments

Effective report card comments are expressed with clear and simple phrasing, using:

  • An encouraging and/or positive tone
  • Language that is easy to understand for both students and parents, as opposed to educational jargon used from the curriculum

Report Card Comments: Final Thoughts

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Common Sense Education observes that "effective parent communication is crucial in helping students learn. But, for busy teachers it can be challenging just to keep up... Transparency and equity are key to managing any communication between home and school."

Personalized report card comments that are clear, precise, and meaningful are essential for informing students and their parents about what students have learned, what their strengths are and how they can effectively progress.

Among the pressure and deadlines of writing report cards, it can be helpful to keep these key goals in mind.

Get inspired by the report card comment examples — and strategies for success — above to ensure that precision, clarity, and meaning shine through in your report card comments.

When it comes time to hand out your report cards, you can do so with the full confidence that you are doing yourself — and each of your students — the justice your hard work deserves.

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100 Sample Report Card Comments and 5 Strategies for Simplifying Report Cards

April 7, 2020 by Evan-Moor | 1 Comment

100 Sample Report Card Comments and 5 Strategies for Simplifying Report Cards

I don’t know any teacher who looks forward to doing report cards. This time always seems to be packed to the max with additional testing days and long to-do lists. Despite this, report cards are an important tool that schools employ to show parents how their child is progressing in school and should be completed with careful consideration.

Report card comments should be personalized for each student and provide meaningful feedback to help parents understand their child’s progress. The most important concept to remember when writing report card comments is to frame each statement in encouraging and positive language.

Here are a few tips to help you provide honest and valuable feedback while being encouraging and professional, including 100 sample report card comments that you can use today.

Download a free PDF of 100 Report Card Comments here! 

5 strategies for simplifying report cards, 1. employ the sandwich feedback technique:.

  • Always begin with a positive comment and end with a positive comment. This approach can help parents receive any negative feedback with the understanding that you “see” their child and are approaching his or her learning with a “growth mindset” and not criticism.

2. Highlight areas of growth

  • Every student has areas of growth throughout the school year. Find an area he or she has improved on and mention it. It could be in a field of study such as reading comprehension, fluency, math facts, handwriting, asking important questions or a personal attribute such as persevering, helping others, leadership in the classroom, etc.

3. Expand on areas of improvement

  • Highlight important areas for improvement and provide practical advice/examples of how to work on this at home. Provide simple strategies that parents can implement that will give them a tangible tool to help their child at home. Even if you think the parent won’t or isn’t interested, it is a good idea to provide documented options for your school files.

4. Be transparent

  • Being honest about students’ progress takes careful consideration. Be tactful in your comments and back up your observations with specific examples. (I recommend taking notes on students’ progress throughout the semester and using this documentation during report card time.) This is also a great time to include helpful strategies/ resources and offer advice on how parents can support their student at home.

5. Proofread

  • Always proofread your reports before sending them. Report cards reflect you as a teacher and should be treated with the same consideration you show your students in the classroom.

100 Report Card Comments

Participation/behavior/attitude.

  • Takes an active role in discussions.
  • Consistently cooperates with the teacher and other students.
  • Listens well and shares ideas frequently.
  • Works democratically with peers.
  • Shows self-confidence in…
  • Works well in groups, planning and carrying out activities.
  • Follows directions well.
  • An enthusiastic learner who enjoys school.
  • Tackles new challenges with a positive attitude.
  • Has a positive attitude about school.
  • Consistently makes good choices during the school day.
  • Shows respect for peers and teachers.
  • Transitions easily between classroom activities and is not a distraction to others.
  • Is sensitive to the thoughts and opinions of others.
  • Is a leader and positive role model for students.
  • Is enthusiastic about participating.
  • Takes an active part in discussions about (topic).
  • Speaks with confidence.
  • Volunteers often.
  • Has a great sense of humor and enjoys our class assignments.

Needs Improvement

  • Has difficulty staying focused and on task. · Needs to actively participate in classroom discussion.
  • Needs to work on not distracting others during class.
  • Is learning to be careful, cooperative, and fair.
  • I would like to see him/her work on…
  • One area for improvement is…
  • Eager to participate in class but needs to raise his/her hand.
  • Is becoming more independent when completing class assignments.
  • Needs frequent reminders to stay focused throughout the day.
  • When motivated, does well on class assignments.
  • Needs to work on following written and oral directions.
  • Needs to actively participate in classroom discussions.
  • Frequent absences are affecting (name’s) schoolwork.
  • Needs to work on treating others with respect.
  • Needs to work on completing homework assignments on time.
  • Frequently comes to class unprepared.
  • Often seems tired at school.
  • Gets upset easily when (topic).
  • Although _____________’s growth in social skills and maturity is continuing, it is not consistent.
  • _______ continues to make nice progress this year concerning his/her attitude in the classroom and on the playground.

Time Management/Work Habits

  • Uses class time wisely.
  • Is a self-motivated student.
  • Completes work on time.
  • Is very organized.
  • Demonstrates problem-solving skills and is persistent.
  • Has done a great job facing and overcoming big challenges this year.
  • Is very responsible and turns in work on time.
  • Is a flexible learner and adapts to changes easily.
  • Has made improvements in the area of…
  • Has strengthened his/her skills in…
  • Does not complete assignments on time. Seems unable to finish.
  • Is encouraged to use time wisely to finish tasks in the time required.
  • Struggles to stay organized and find appropriate materials (paper/pencil).
  • Needs to slow down to improve the quality of his/her work.
  • Is not working to full potential.
  • Is easily distracted.
  • Needs to listen and follow directions more carefully.
  • Needs more opportunities to…
  • Grades are suffering because of missed assignments.
  • Would benefit from…

Growth Mindset

  • Has demonstrated very good progress this year.
  • Is learning how to be a better listener and takes direction well.
  • Has worked very hard this year and has made strong gains in the area of ______.
  • Has shown great improvement with ______.
  • Is progressing nicely and shows consistent improvement in many areas of schoolwork, including ______.
  • Is learning to be cooperative when working in groups.
  • Is developing more positive ways to interact with others.
  • Is listening to directions more carefully.
  • Has continued to make steady progress with…
  • Has shown noticeable improvement in…

General Subject Area Comments

  • Has good reading and decoding skills.
  • Is reading well at level…
  • Uses reading strategies to increase his/her reading comprehension.
  • Is reading smoothly and with good expression.
  • Struggles with reading comprehension.
  • I would like to see (name) read for 15 minutes each night.
  • Is choosing books that are too simple for his/her level.
  • Has difficulty using reading strategies to decode new words.
  • Needs to learn basic sight words to improve decoding skills.
  • Needs to build reading vocabulary.
  • Uses various strategies to solve one- and two-step word problems.
  • Demonstrates a good understanding of math concepts.
  • Demonstrates strong problem-solving skills.
  • Has strengthened his/her critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Has difficulty understanding/solving word problems.
  • Understands skills and strategies but has a difficult time explaining processes.
  • Would benefit from memorizing math facts.
  • Has difficulty solving multi-step problems.
  • Needs to slow down and check work.
  • Memorizing basic math facts would be helpful to…
  • Is willing to learn new writing skills and quickly applies these skills within his/her writing.
  • Understands and applies the correct use of punctuation within writing.
  • Writing is clear and follows grammar and punctuation rules.
  • Enjoys writing stories and can construct unique and interesting sentences.
  • Is able to create clear and effective writing that is interesting to read and easy to comprehend.
  • Has shown great improvement with his/her writing skills and is consistently increasing his or her writing comprehension and techniques.
  • Has difficulty writing clear and understandable sentences.
  • Words are often misplaced throughout his/her writing.
  • Frequently displays grammatical errors within his/her writing.
  • (Name) needs to slow down and review his/her writing.

Report cards are used to show parents what students have learned, areas they excel in, and areas for improvement. Although report card grades reflect how well a student is performing against a set of standards, I would refrain from any comparisons on report cards. Every student matures and develops at a different rate, and it is important not to focus on how well children compare to their classmates, but rather to highlight how they are excelling in their personal goals/growth.

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100 Report Card Comments

When teachers talk about the joys of teaching, I’m pretty sure they aren’t talking about report card writing. It may just rank right up there with indoor recess, yard duty, and staff meetings. But report cards don’t have to be such a pain.

Here are a few report card general principles, followed by my handy dandy list of editable go-to phrases…

Three Report Card Comment Principles

1. Be Truthful but Kind

A report card’s main purpose is to inform parents about their child’s progress. While there should be no major surprises ( BIG/major issues should have already been discussed with the child’s parents/guardians ), regardless of how well the child is doing or how poorly, the report card should be an honest reflection of that child’s performance.

Having said that, of course, we want to word things in a way that is as positive as we can be and in a way that is encouraging, offering suggestions for improvement, rather than discouragement.

2. Follow the Magical Report Card Comment Format

If the child is doing well overall… you are golden!!! An easy report card is one that I LOVE to do. Unfortunately, not all students are Einsteins or angels, and we have to mention some areas that need improvement. That’s when we use the magical format, which is…

A. Start with a compliment… you might have to dig deep here and get creative, while still being genuine. Remember, every student has attributes we can praise, even the most challenging ones. You might mention the child’s attitude, personality, social skills, sense of humor, willingness or desire to help, special skill in art/music, etc.

B. Next, add a line or two about what is challenging the child , and how he/she struggles in a certain area. Don’t include a laundry list of 20 things to work on. Prioritize the list and highlight the MOST important issues. Also, do make sure to offer a solution or suggestion that is practical and helpful .

C. End on a positive note. Again, a compliment is a nice touch any time of the year, and for the end of the year report card, a best wishes for ____ grade or have a wonderful summer, or I’m so glad to have been ____’s teacher this year, and so on works well.

3. Proofread and Check, then Proofread Again

Report card time is crunch time, and when we’re trying to speed through things and get them done, those nasty little typos pop up where we least expect them.

Do make sure to double-check everything before you hit enter/print to send them home. All communication with parents is seen as a reflection of ourselves as teachers and should be as perfect as we can make it.

Now that the principles are out of the way, here is my list of 100+ report card comments (updated to include 150 comments!).

I’ve included a wide variety of comments for the wide variety of ability levels and behavioral challenges of the students that we teach in our classrooms..

Want your own set of 150 comments in three formats – Printable PDF, editable PowerPoint, and Editable Digital? Click here to take a peek!

OPENING / CLOSING – POSITIVE:

  • _____has worked very hard this semester/year, and I am proud of all of his/her accomplishments.
  • ______ is making/has made good/excellent/wonderful/outstanding progress in _____ grade.
  • _____ has done a(n)/fantastic/exemplary/wonderful/excellent job this year/semester in _____ grade and has worked so very hard.
  • I appreciate _____’s quality work/motivation to do well/attitude, and I am enjoying/have enjoyed being his/her teacher.
  •  ______ arrives at school each day with a positive/cheerful/happy attitude, ready to learn.
  • _____ is an excellent _____ grader, and he/she has made our classroom a better place.
  • _____ is doing/has done an(a) excellent/ outstanding/wonderful/ great/ fantastic job overall this semester/year.
  • _______has made good/excellent/extraordinary/fantastic/outstanding progress in all academic areas.
  • _____ is bright, motivated, and hard-working and can be proud of his/her accomplishments this semester/year.
  • _____ is intrinsically motivated and strives to please/produce top-quality/excellent work. I am enjoying/have enjoyed being his/her teacher.
  • _____ seems to enjoy school, and his/her positive attitude brightens up our classroom.
  • _____is a bright and inquisitive student who enjoys learning. He/she is a pleasure to have in class.
  • _____ has learned a great deal this semester/year and has shown particular progress/improvement in _____.
  • _______ is a(an) hard-working/attentive/determined student and is working/doing well in all subject areas.
  • _____ is a very polite/hard-working/bright student and a pleasure to be around. I am enjoying/have enjoyed being his/her teacher.
  • _____is a(n) awesome/wonderful/amazing/fabulous ____ grader, and I have enjoyed getting to know him/her this year.
  • I am so proud of _____ and wish him/her well for _____ grade and beyond.
  • I have truly enjoyed being _____’s teacher and will miss him/her next year.
  • I have enjoyed teaching ______ this year. He/she loves to learn and has shown growth throughout the year. Wishing him/her continued success.
  • _____ has been a wonderful_____ grader, and I’m so glad to have him in class. His/her great attitude/strong work ethic/hard work/determination are to be admired. He/she has a bright future ahead.
  • _____ is a hard-working/bright/likable/motivated student. I have thoroughly enjoyed having him/her in class this year. Have a wonderful summer!

ACADEMIC – POSITIVE :

  • _______has made good/excellent/wonderful/fantastic/outstanding progress in all academic areas.
  • _______ is a(an) hard-working/attentive/determined student and is working well in all subject areas.
  • _____ shows strong knowledge/strengths in the area of _____.
  • _____ has exceeded expectations in ______.
  • _____ demonstrates superior work in ______. I appreciate his/her dedication and effort.
  • _____ consistently puts forth his/her best effort in _____, which is wonderful/lovely/great to see.
  • _____ shows special/unique/particular strengths in the area of social studies/science/reading/writing/math… and has done very well this trimester/year.
  • _____ seems to enjoy reading/writing/math/science/social .. and has done an excellent/amazing job this year.
  • _____ has a good understanding/sense of theme/the main idea/ characters/ plot/ inferences, which strengthens his/her reading ability.
  • _____ reads smoothly and with good expression.
  • _____ is able to use data from graphs and charts/use a compass successfully/convert measurements correctly.
  • _____ uses reading strategies such as _____ effectively, which increases his/her reading comprehension.
  • _____ has a large/extensive/rich vocabulary, which adds to his/her ability to write effectively.
  • _____ enjoys poetry/reading/music/science/art… and excels in it.
  •  _____ is a very talented artist/writer, and I truly enjoy the detail/attention/ passion he/she puts into his/her artwork/writing.
  • _____ excels in creative/narrative/opinion/expository/report writing…
  • _____ produces stories/essays/paragraphs/research reports that are well-organized/ developed.
  • _____ has strong reading comprehension/math computation skills.
  • _____ is a creative student, and I have enjoyed seeing the wonderful writing/art projects/drawings he/she has created/written.
  • _____ uses higher-level thinking skills to complete challenging assignments.
  • _____ demonstrates a good understanding of math/reading/social studies/science… concepts.
  • _____ shows strong problem-solving skills in math/decoding skills in reading/grammar skills in writing/map skills in social studies…
  • _____ goes beyond grade-level expectations in _____. He/she often/ consistently sets and meets/exceeds academic goals.
  • _____ demonstrates a deep understanding of _____ concepts.
  • _____ has an impressive understanding and knowledge of _____.

ACADEMIC PROGRESS SHOWN – POSITIVE:

  • ______has strengthened his/her skills in _____.
  • ______has made good/excellent/wonderful/fantastic/outstanding progress in all academic areas.
  • ______ has made good/great/tremendous/significant improvement in _____.
  • _____ has worked hard to raise his/her grade in _____, and I appreciate his/her effort.
  • _____ has learned a great deal this semester/year and has shown particular improvement in _____.
  • _____ has shown steady progress/strong gains/excellent progress in the area of _____. I’m pleased with his/her effort.
  • _____ is making good progress in ______ this semester. Please encourage him/her to continue to ______.
  • _____ has shown improvement in _____, which is great to see. Please encourage him/her to continue to _____ each day/in the coming weeks to keep the momentum going.
  • _____ is making good progress in ______ but would benefit from ______ to continue showing growth.
  • I have been pleased to see that _____ is continuing to grow/consistently progressing/improving steadily in independence in/with ______.
  • _____’s quality of work has shown good/great/exceptional growth this semester.

ACADEMIC – IMPROVEMENT NEEDED:

  • _____is intelligent but works below his/her capacity/potential due to a lack of motivation/attention to quality work.
  • Unfortunately, _____’s grades have suffered from missing assignments.
  • _____is gaining confidence in _____ but would benefit from _____.
  • Please encourage _____ to _____each day to help him/her improve in _____.
  • _____ seems to find _____ challenging and would benefit from reading nightly/practicing math facts/working online…
  • _____ is capable of achieving a higher grade in _____ but needs to______ in order to make progress.
  • _____ seems to have difficulty at times with reading comprehension/ math computation/writing paragraphs… and would benefit from _____.
  • _____ needs to slow down in order to produce quality/carefully done work.
  • _____ needs to memorize his/her basic math facts in order to complete complex math problems more easily/efficiently/quickly.
  • _____ would benefit from _____ to fully memorize basic math facts.
  • Memorizing basic addition/multiplication math facts would be very helpful to _____.
  • Science/social studies tests have been very difficult for _____, and he/she would benefit from increasing the time spent studying the material.
  • This trimester, I would like to see _____ to work on _____.
  • This trimester, it would be helpful for _____ to focus on _____ in order to _____.
  • _____ needs lots of repetition and practice in order to retain _____.
  • I would like to see _____ pay closer attention to _____ in order to _____.
  • When ______ is motivated, he/she does well on class assignments.
  • _____ is excelling in many skills but needs to concentrate on ______.
  • I would like to see ____ focus on _____ each day/in the coming months.
  • _____ shows interest/has enthusiasm/seems motivated for everything we do in class. However, he/she is having some difficulty with ______. It would be helpful if he/she would ______ each night.
  • Even with extra help, _____ experiences difficulty with _____. It would benefit ______ to ______.
  • _____ rarely asks for help when he/she is confused/doesn’t understand something. We will continue to encourage _____ to ask for assistance whenever it is needed.
  • _____ exhibits minimal confidence in his/her ______ skills. It would be helpful to _____.
  • _____ is struggling to meet/maintain grade-level expectations in _____. Let’s work together to help _____ be successful in this area.

WORK HABITS AND QUALITY OF WORK – POSITIVE:

  • _____ completes his/her work carefully and completely/thoroughly.
  • I appreciate _____’s neat work, which is carefully done.
  •  _____ is very organized and finds needed materials easily.
  • ______ pays attention to detail in his/her assignments, and I appreciate the high quality of his/her work.
  • _____ turns in work that is beautifully/carefully/thoroughly done.
  • _____ has a strong work ethic and never completes any assignment halfway.
  • _____ is very responsible and turns in assignments/homework on time.
  • ____ takes tremendous pride in his/her work and completes assignments carefully.
  • _____ is focused on creating quality work and completes assignments carefully/thoroughly.
  • _____’s attention to detail can be seen in the quality of his/her work. I appreciate the care he/she takes in each assignment.
  • _____ takes pride in his/her work and consistently turns in neat and carefully completed work.
  • _____’s motivation/attitude is reflected in the work he/she turns in/creates. I am pleased to see his/her well-thought-out/thoroughly completed assignments.
  • I appreciate ______’s dedication to his/her learning/studies in class.

WORK HABITS AND QUALITY OF WORK – IMPROVEMENT NEEDED:

  • _____ needs to complete his/her work carefully and completely/ thoroughly.
  • _____ would benefit by taking responsibility to turn in assignments and/or homework on time.
  • I am concerned about _____’s organizational skills and his/her responsibility related to turning in assignments on time.
  • ______ struggles with organizational skills in the classroom and needs to keep his/her desk/workspace neater to make his/her day run more smoothly.
  • _____ struggles to find needed papers/materials and would benefit from using a folder/a binder/keeping a neater desk…
  • _____ tends to work too quickly, often resulting in careless mistakes.
  • I would like to see _____ focus on _____ in the coming months.
  • This trimester, I would like _____ to work on _____.
  • I would like to see _____ pay closer attention to ____ in order to _____.

CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR – POSITIVE:

  • _____ follows classroom rules consistently and is a good role model.
  • _____ has a positive attitude and is a joy to teach.
  •  _____ is on task regardless of the activity.
  •  _____ seems to enjoy school, and his/her positive attitude brightens up our classroom.
  •  _____ listens attentively to directions, and I appreciate his/her ability to understand the assignment and to start work right away.
  •  _____ has an excellent attitude and is always willing to lend a hand.
  •  _____ is a(an) wonderful/excellent helper and a classroom leader.
  •  _____ is polite to classmates and to all adults on staff at school.
  • _____ arrives at school each day with a positive/happy attitude, ready to learn.
  • _____ works independently and is able to complete enrichment activities when he/she is finished with required assignments.
  • _____ is able to focus and stays on task during independent working times.
  •  _____ uses class time constructively/efficiently/wisely.
  •  _____ works respectfully during independent work times.
  • ____ is a hard-working student who sets goals and reaches them.
  • _____ is a dependable/responsible/conscientious student.
  • _____ has made great strides this year in terms of _____ in the classroom/on the playground.
  • _____ has a strong work ethic and takes responsibilities seriously.
  • _____is a very respectful/kind/caring/considerate classmate/student, and I appreciate having him/her in class.
  • _____ shows determination/perseverance when faced with a challenging task.
  • _____ enjoys participating in class lessons, and his/her background knowledge adds a great deal to our discussions.
  • _____ is able to share appropriate and relevant information, which adds to classroom discussions.
  • _____ is an active participant in small groups as well as whole-class discussions/activities/projects.
  • _____ listens well and takes an active role in class lessons/class discussions/class activities/group work.
  • _____’s persistence/determination/hard work in _____ is exemplary.

CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR – IMPROVEMENT NEEDED:

  • _____ is intelligent but works below his/her capacity/potential due to off-task behaviors/a lack of motivation/attention to quality work.
  • _______ has done well in many areas, but I am concerned that his/her lack of listening/focus/motivation and following directions/working independently/working quietly has contributed to his lower grade in _____.
  • _____ struggles with following classroom rules and needs to focus on working quietly/staying in his/her seat…
  •  _____ is very talkative during quiet working periods and distracts others around him/her.
  •  Working quietly is very difficult for _____, and I would like him/her to focus on his/her work so that he/she, as well as others around him/her, are able to attend to the task at hand/learn more effectively/concentrate…
  •  _____ needs to listen and follow directions carefully during class time.
  •  I would like to see _____ put more effort into showing respect/kindness/ thoughtfulness to his classmates to strengthen social skills.
  •  _____ needs to work on taking turns speaking/working more cooperatively with classmates.
  • _____ needs to focus on raising his/her hand to speak/listening to others/waiting for others to finish before speaking/listening skills.
  • ______’s listening skills need improvement.
  •  This trimester, I would like _____ to focus on _____ in order to _____.
  • Academically, _____ is doing well overall. I would like him/her to focus on showing more kindness/respect/cooperation to his/her classmates.
  •  _____ needs frequent reminders to stay on task throughout the school day.
  • _____ needs to follow school rules at lunchtime and on the playground.
  •  _____ gets along well with classmates, but needs to work on staying on task and not socializing.
  • _____ is an intelligent student with great potential. However, he/she needs to work on staying focused in class and following directions.
  • _____ is very social and is well-liked. His/her conversations during independent work times, though, have made it difficult for _____, as well as those around him/her, to finish work successfully/to create quality work/to concentrate on the task at hand/to learn/ to complete assignments.
  • _____ has a social personality, but his/her chatting in class can be disruptive. He/she needs to work on staying focused during class so he/she and others around him/her can complete class assignments/stay on task.
  • _____ is often eager to participate in class discussions but needs to remember to raise his/her hand/wait to be called on…
  • _____ has made progress with ______ but is still struggling. Let’s continue to encourage ______ to ______.

MOTIVATION – POSITIVE:

  • _____ succeeds at whatever task he/she puts his/her mind to.
  • _____ sets high standards for himself/herself and reaches them.
  • _____ is intrinsically motivated and strives to please/produce top-quality/excellent work.
  • _____ enjoys being challenged and would benefit from _____.
  • I appreciate _____’s quality work/motivation to do well/positive attitude, and I am enjoying/have enjoyed being his/her teacher.
  • _____ is truly/genuinely eager to learn and asks questions appropriately when needed.
  • _____ shows interest and enthusiasm for classroom activities and seems to enjoy learning.
  • _____ shows determination/perseverance when faced with any task/a challenging task.
  •  _____ is a hard-working student who sets goals and reaches them.
  • _____ is self-motivated and consistently produces quality work.

SOCIAL SKILLS/CHARACTER – POSITIVE:

  • _____ is respectful to his/her classmates and is very well-liked.
  •  _____ is helpful and kind and is a pleasure to be around.
  • _____ works well with other students.
  •  _____ not only works well with his/her classmates but is a natural leader.
  • _____ is very compassionate and always shows kindness to others.
  • _____ is polite to classmates and to all adults on staff at school.
  • _____ is respectful and considerate of others.
  •  _____ demonstrates positive character traits in the classroom.
  • _____ is positive/confident and is a great role model for his/her classmates.
  • _____ is an exceptionally thoughtful student who is consistently considerate/respectful/kind to others.
  • _____is a very respectful/kind/caring/considerate classmate, and I appreciate having him/her in class.
  • _____ is a likable student with strong social skills. He/she works well with others.
  • _____has a positive attitude/is a very polite student and is a joy to teach.
  • _____ is a hard-working student who sets goals and reaches them.
  • _____ is a problem solver and shows a great deal of persistence.
  • _____ displays good citizenship in our classroom.
  • _____ has an excellent attitude and is always willing to lend a hand.
  • _____ is a(an) wonderful/excellent helper and a classroom leader.
  • I am enjoying/have enjoyed _____’s sense of humor in our classroom.
  • _____ has a wonderful personality, and his/her sense of humor makes me smile.
  • _____ is a flexible learner and adapts easily to new challenges.
  • _____ works respectfully during independent work times.
  • _____ makes a sincere effort and works hard in class.
  • _____ is a kind and caring student who is a good friend to others.
  • _____ does his/her best in school each day. I appreciate his/her positive attitude/motivation/determination.
  • _____ is an enthusiastic member of the class and comes to school each day ready to learn. I appreciate his/her positive outlook/hard-working attitude/approach to learning.

SOCIAL SKILLS/CHARACTER – NEEDS IMPROVEMENT:

  •  _______ is an intelligent student with great potential. He/she needs to work on staying focused in class and following directions.
  •  ______ needs frequent reminders to stay on task/focus throughout the school day.
  •  _____ is excelling in many skills but needs to concentrate on ______.
  • I would like to see ____ focus on/work to improve _____ in the coming months.
  • ___ needs to focus on/practice raising his/her hand to speak/listening to others/waiting for others to finish before speaking/listening skills.
  • I would like to see _____ put more effort into showing respect/kindness/ thoughtfulness to his classmates to strengthen/improve social skills.
  • _____ needs to work on taking turns speaking/working cooperatively with classmates.
  • _____ has a wonderful personality but needs to work more respectfully during independent/quiet work times…
  • _____ needs to work on showing more respect/kindness/ compassion/ cooperation to his/her classmates.
  • _____ needs to practice showing cooperation when working with other students/in small groups/during centers/during specials…

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Participation and behavior, time management and work habits, general learning and social skills, helpful words, addressing areas in need of improvement.

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When writing report card comments , focus on the student's existing strengths and look for ways to motivate the student to improve in areas of weakness by providing advice. The following phrases and statements can help you tailor your comments for each specific student. Writing report card comments designed to instill ambition within students can empower them to make positive changes. Try to provide specific examples, tailored to the subject , whenever you can to make your report card comments more personal.

Key Takeaways: Report Card Comments

  • Stress positive attributes
  • Use words such as "requires," "struggles," or "seldom" to show when a child needs extra help
  • Introduce areas in need of work in a way that won't make parents feel like you're criticizing the student unnecessarily, for example, list negative comments under a comments section titled "goals to work on"
  • Supportive and detailed comments can provide parents with ways to partner with you to make students feel empowered to do better

Phrases should present information n a straightforward manner about the students' classroom temperament, giving suggestions for improvements when possible:

  • Has a good attitude toward school.
  • Is an enthusiastic learner who seems to enjoy school.
  • Strives to reach his full potential.
  • Shows initiative and thinks things through for herself.
  • Exhibits a positive outlook and attitude in the classroom.
  • Is a sweet and cooperative child.
  • Is self-confident and has excellent manners.
  • Is honest and trustworthy in dealings with others.
  • Is developing a better attitude toward schoolwork this year.
  • Needs to improve classroom attitude by learning to better collaborate with classmates.
  • Needs to work on sharing more with others and being a better friend.

Comments should be both celebratory and constructive when appropriate. Give examples of what works well for students, recognize areas in which they truly excel, and provide information not only on what needs to be improved but how the student can improve in those areas.

  • Continues to make nice progress this year concerning...
  • As we discussed in our last parent-teacher conference , [your child's] attitude toward the basic skills is...
  • I will continue to need your help and support in order for [your child] to overcome his attitude and social difficulties. He will find school a much more pleasant place if he/she can make a positive effort in this area.
  • [Your child's] attitude has continued to improve. Thank you for your support and cooperation.
  • [Your child] has shown a good attitude about trying to improve in [this subject]. I am hoping this recent interest and improvement will continue throughout the school year.

Spend time reflecting not just on grades but also the student's actions in class. Participation is often a significant portion of the grading model, and your comments should address the level of a student's participation, such as "remains an active learner throughout the school day and is enthusiastic about participating." Comments should also address a student's behavior, both positive and negative.

  • Takes an active role in discussions.
  • Needs to actively participate in classroom discussion .
  • Listens attentively to the responses of others.
  • Is courteous and shows good manners in the classroom.
  • Consistently cooperates with the teacher and other students.
  • Is kind and helpful to everyone in the classroom.
  • Caring, kind, and eager to please.
  • Needs to listen to directions.
  • Needs to work on staying focused and on task.
  • Needs to work on not distracting others during class.

Students who are always well-prepared for class and have strong organization study habits can benefit from being reminded that this simple, yet important, skill is recognized and appreciated. Similarly, students who aren't prepared, rush their work, or need to stay on task more need to know that this behavior is noticed and is not condoned. Your comments can provide clear recognition of skills and give parents insight into areas in which students need to improve.

  • Is well-prepared for class each day.
  • Rushes through work or does not work at an appropriate pace.
  • Never completes assignments in the allotted time.
  • Comprehends well, but needs to work more quickly.
  • Puts her best effort into homework assignments .
  • Stays on task with little supervision.
  • Is a self-motivated student.
  • Sacrifices accuracy for unnecessary speed in his written work.
  • Completes assignments in the time allotted.
  • Avoids careless errors through attention to detail.
  • Uses class time wisely.
  • Needs to keep her cubby and desk better organized.

How a student works with peers and makes friends can be reflective of their personalities, and what they need in order to succeed in life. Your comments should reflect the student's abilities to work in groups, individually, and if they are good citizens. Pay attention to how students interact with each other not just in the classroom, but also on the field and at recess, where they often don't feel like the teachers are directly supervising.

  • Needs to be accepting and willing to make new friends .
  • Responds well to positive praise and clear expectations.
  • Is learning to be careful, cooperative, and fair.
  • Works well in groups, planning and carrying out activities.
  • Works democratically with peers.
  • Makes little effort when not under direct supervision.
  • Needs a lot of repetition and practice in order to retain the information given.
  • Shows self-confidence in...
  • Uses a variety of learning strategies to help with...
  • Applies knowledge of...
  • Needs more opportunities to ...
  • Writes clearly and with purpose.
  • Seeks responsibilities and follows through.

Here are some helpful words to include in your report card comment section: aggressive, ambitious, anxious, confident, cooperative, dependable, determined, developing, energetic, emerging, friendly, generous, happy, helpful, imaginative, improving, neat, observant, pleasant, polite, prompt, quiet, receptive, reliant, resourceful.

Stress the positive attributes and list "goals to work on" to notify the parents about the negatives. Use words such as "requires," "struggles," or "seldom" to show when a child needs extra help. Introduce areas in need of work in a way that won't make parents feel like you're criticizing the student unnecessarily.

You can tweak any of the phrases above to indicate an area of improvement by adding the word "Needs to." For a more positive spin on a negative comment, list it under a comments section titled "goals to work on." For example, for a student who rushes through the work, you might say something like, "Needs to focus on trying to do his best work without rushing and having to be the first one finished." Supportive and detailed comments can provide parents with ways to partner with you to make students feel empowered to do better.

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Tips for writing effective report card comments, example report card comments, let’s grade, frequently asked questions (faqs).

Giving students constructive criticism is one of the most important tasks a teacher faces. It can be difficult to know how to best communicate with a student about their progress, especially when it comes to report card comments. This guide will help you write effective report card comments that are clear, concise, and accurate. So let’s get started!

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There are a few key things to keep in mind when writing report card comments . Here is what makes a good report card comment:

1. Positive and solution-focused

It’s important to focus on the positive when writing report card comments. For every negative comment, there should be at least two positive comments. This report card comment strategy is a great way to make sure you’re including both positive and negative feedback in your comments.

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2. Clear and concise

Report card comments should be clear and concise. This means avoiding generalities and using specific, concrete examples. This will help the student (and their parents) understand what they need to work on.

3. Accurate

Report card comments should be accurate. This means making sure your comments align with the grades the student has earned. There’s no point in sugar-coating a bad grade – it will only confuse the student and their parents.

Now that we’ve gone over what makes a good report card comment, let’s look at some tips for writing effective report card comments.

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1. Use specific, concrete examples

One of the most important things to do when writing report card comments is to use specific, concrete examples. This will help the student understand what they need to work on. For example, instead of saying, “______ needs to work on his behavior,” you could say, “_____ needs to work on staying seated during class.”

2. Avoid generalities

When writing comments on a report card, it’s important to avoid generalities. For example, instead of writing “Your child is a joy to have in class,” try something more specific, such as “Your child is always willing to help out other students.” This will give the student and their family a better idea of what they’re doing well and what areas they can continue to improve in.

3. Use positive language

It’s essential to use positive language when writing report card comments. This means avoiding negative words like “doesn’t,” “won’t,” and “can’t.” For example, instead of writing “_____ doesn’t pay attention in class,” try “_____ is working on paying attention in class.” This small change can make a big difference in how students and their families perceive their progress.

4. Employ sandwich technique

The sandwich technique is a great way to deliver both positive and negative feedback in a report card comment. This means starting with a positive comment, followed by constructive criticism, and ending with another positive comment. This gives the student a sense of their progress while still providing areas for improvement.

5. Proofread your comments

When writing report card comments, it’s important to be clear and accurate. However, it’s also important to make sure that your comments are free of typos and grammatical errors. After all, you don’t want to give a student or their family the wrong impression about their academic progress! Make sure to proofread your comments before sending them home.

Now that we’ve gone over some tips for writing effective report card comments let’s take a look at some examples.

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We have divided our report card comments into four categories:

1. Academic Achievement

This is for students who have performed well academically. These comments assess a student’s progress and encourage future academic success.

1. ______ is an excellent student who always comes prepared for class. He is a joy to have in class and is always willing to help out other students.

2. _______ is a smart and inquisitive student who loves to learn. She is a pleasure to have in class and is always asking questions.

3. _______ is a hard-working student who is always trying his best. This year, he has made great progress, and I’m excited to see what he does next year.

4. _______ is a gifted student who excels in all her subjects. She has a bright future ahead of her, and I’m excited to see what she accomplishes.

5. _______ is a talented student who has a real passion for learning. He is always asking questions and is eager to get his hands on new material.

2. Partially Meeting Expectations

This is for students who are partially meeting expectations academically.

1. _______ is an intelligent student who has great potential. He needs to work on staying focused in class and following directions.

2. _______ is a hard-working student who is making progress. She need to work on ___________ and ___________.

3. _______ has moments of greatness, but he needs to be more consistent with his effort and focus.

4. _______ is a bright student, but she needs to learn to apply herself more consistently.

5. _______ is a hard worker, but he needs to improve his organizational skills.

3. Social/Emotional Development

This is for students who are developing well socially and emotionally .

1. _______ is a kind and caring student who always looks out for others. He is a good friend to all and is always willing to help.

2. _______ has made great strides in his/her social development this year. She is more confident and able to express herself well.

3. _______ works well with others and is able to take turns and share.

4. _______ is a leader among his/her peers and is often looked up to by other students.

5. _______  is an independent thinker who is not afraid to express his/her opinions.

4. General Development

This is for students who are developing well academically, socially, and emotionally.

1. _______ has made great strides in his/her development this year. He is more confident and independent and is doing well academically.

2. _______ is a happy and thriving student who loves school. She is making friends and doing well academically.

3. _______ is a well-rounded student who is doing well in all areas. He is a good friend, does his best in school, and loves to learn.

4. _______ is a joy to have in class. She is polite, hard-working, and always has a smile on her face.

5. _______ is a model student who always puts his best foot forward. He is a role model to others and sets a good example for all to follow.

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Now that we have gone over some tips for writing effective report card comments and examples of what to write, it’s time to get started on those report cards! We hope this guide has been helpful and wish you the best of luck in the new school year.

What should I do if I’m having trouble coming up with something to write?

If you’re struggling to come up with something to write, try focusing on the positive. Instead of starting with what the student needs to work on, start with what the student is doing well. This will help you brainstorm some ideas of things to say. You can also ask other teachers or the student’s parents for input.

Can I use report card comments from other sources?

While you can use comments from other sources as inspiration, you must take the time to personalize each comment. This way, the student and their family will know that you took the time to write something specifically for them.

What if I need to give a student negative feedback?

If you need to give a student negative feedback, it’s essential to be clear, concise, and constructive. For example, instead of writing “________ is lazy and doesn’t do his work,” try “________ needs to work on being more diligent with his schoolwork.” It’s also important to balance any negative comments with positive ones. This way, the student and their family will know that you still see potential and are invested in their success.

Do I need to write a comment for every subject?

While you don’t need to write a comment for every subject, it’s generally a good idea to do so. This way, the student and their family will have a complete picture of their progress. If you’re short on time, try focusing on the subjects that the student is struggling in or that you feel are most important.

What is the best way to end a report card comment?

The best way to end a report card comment is with a statement of hope or encouragement. For example, you could write, “I’m looking forward to seeing ________ progress in the second half of the year” or “I know that ________ can reach his/her goals if he/she continues to work hard.”

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180 Report Card Comments for All Grades in 2023

Report card comments are a vital component of a child’s education. A small but meaningful comment can make a HUGE difference in the classroom experience.

In fact, Teachmint says that report cards are an essential part of a student's success.

However, creating custom comments for every student while still making an impact can be both time-consuming and draining for any educator who has a class of 20-30 students.

Good news: we have created 180 report card comments for all grades, including preschool and kindergarten, for you. You’re sure to find the perfect comment for every student below.

The 180 comments you see in this article can be leveraged to create dynamic feedback based on students' performance.

Why Are Report Card Comments Important?

Report card comments are important becayse they provide feedback for students and gives them insight on how to improve. They serve as a platform for teachers to help students make changes, learn, and grow.

Another reason report card comments are important is that they provide information to parents so that they can understand how their child is doing in the classroom, without having to go to a parent-teacher conference.

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With Text Blaze, writing report card comments can be easier and more efficient than ever. For example, you can type "/great" and the following sentence will be inserted in seconds: "Great job on this week's assignment. I can tell you put 110% effort in this week."

180 Report Card Comments

100 general report card comments.

Here are 100 general report card comments that you can apply to your classroom:

  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10}‘s grades have suffered as a result of missing assignments.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} achieves success in all their academic endeavors.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} likes learning and shows enthusiasm for classroom activities.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} enjoys school, and their upbeat demeanor brightens the classroom.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} loves their academic studies and performs admirably.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} finds reading difficult and would benefit from a nightly routine.
  • Basic addition and multiplication lessons would be extremely beneficial to {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10}.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} shares information that contributes greatly to classroom discussions.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} successfully uses data from graphs and charts in a profound manner.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} comes to school every day with a positive attitude.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} completes difficult assignments by utilizing critical thinking skills.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} consistently produces insightful work.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} creates well-organized essays.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} demonstrates extensive knowledge in the field of {formtext: name=topic; cols=8}.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} must learn to pay close attention and follow directions in class.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} employs advanced reading comprehension skills every day.
  • Encourage {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} to learn every day so that they improve their grades in {formtext: name=subject; cols=6}.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} enjoys participating in class and brings insight to our discussions.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} establishes high goals and achieves them.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has difficulty locating school supplies and would benefit from a cleaner desk.
  • {formtext: name=subject; cols=8} tests are challenging for {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} and {formmenu: name=gender; he; default=she} would benefit from extra study time.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} gets along well with other classmates.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has an impressive vocabulary, which improves their writing synthesis.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has a wonderfully optimistic attitude and is always willing to help.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has a strong sense of storytelling and development, which improves writing.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has a warm persona and sense of humor.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has improved abilities in {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10}.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} performs exceptionally in the areas of {formtext: name=subject; cols=6}.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has put in the effort to improve grades in {formtext: name=subject; cols=6}, and I appreciate it.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has trouble adhering to classroom rules and needs help focusing.
  • I admire {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10}‘s motivation to succeed and have enjoyed teaching them.
  • I admire {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} ‘s work, which has been done with care.
  • I am worried about {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10}’s organizational skills and ability to submit work on time.
  • I am extremely proud of {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} and wish them the best of luck next year.
  • I had a great time teaching {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} and will miss them next year.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} should concentrate on {formtext: name=topic; cols=6} this year to {formmenu: improve grades; default=graduate; name=reason}.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} should focus on {formtext: name=topic; cols=6} this year.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} should emphasize greater focus in {formtext: name=topic; cols=6} because it is going to be a considerable part of this year.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} 's lack of listening affected their grades in {formtext: name=subject; cols=6}.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} made great progress across all areas of academia.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is making good progress in the classroom.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} struggles with organizational skills neaten their desk.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} must slow down when working.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} must learn basic math skills to progress further.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} exemplifies good stewardship toward others.
  • I enjoyed {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10}’s sense of humor this year.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has made significant progress in {formtext: name=subject; cols=6}.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has outperformed expectations in {formtext: name=subject; cols=6}.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a kind student and is always willing to help.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a creative writer who excels in every area.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is always a delight to be around.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a fantastic student who improves classroom discussions.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a focused student who performs well in all subjects.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a gifted artist, and I admire the passion with which they create work.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a good role model and follows classroom rules consistently.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is an excellent classroom helper and a leader.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a hard worker who never leaves an assignment half-finished.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a joy to teach because of their positive attitude.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a one-of-a-kind student who I will never forget and always miss.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a problem solver with a strong sense of persistence.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a quick learner who adapts well to new situations.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a responsible student who completes assignments on time.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} stays on task when working independently.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is always wonderfully efficient with their time.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a terrific reader with excellent comprehension skills.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is an excellent student who is a pleasure to teach.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is hardworking and should be proud of their accomplishments.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} can achieve a higher grade in {formtext: name=subject; cols=6} but must practice more to advance.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is courteous to classmates and school staff.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is driven by a desire to please others.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is eager to learn and asks the right questions when necessary.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is always focused when in class.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is gaining momentum in {formtext: name=subject; cols=8} but could use some help from practicisng more.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is intelligent, but their quality of work is below expectations.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a natural leader and works well with peers.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is very chatty in class, which is distracting to others.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is well-liked and respectful of their classmates.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is well-organized and can quickly locate the materials she requires.
  • It’s terrific to see {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} consistently put forth their best effort in {formtext: name=subject; cols=6}.
  • I’ve enjoyed getting to know {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} this year.
  • I’ve enjoyed seeing {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10}’s art projects and creativity.
  • I’ve had a fantastic year getting to know {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} and wish them all the best.
  • I’ve loved having {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} in our class this year, and I’ll miss them terribly.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} likes poetry, reading, music, science, and art and is very good at it.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} likes tests and would benefit from additional mocks tests.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} makes good use of class time.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} meticulously completes their work.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} participates actively in both small group and whole-class discussions.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} pays close attention to detail in assignments.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} pays close attention to instructions.
  • Reading skills are a problem for {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} at times and {formmenu: name=gender; he; default=she} would benefit from finishing extra questions from chapter 3.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} reads out loud with a good sense of expression.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is an inspiration to everyone in the classroom.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} does an outstanding overall.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} made significant progress in {formtext: name=subject; cols=6}.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} worked extremely hard this year, and it shows.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} would benefit from improving their basic math skills, particularly in {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10}.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} needs extra time for memorization.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} works well independently and completes enrichment activities alone.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} struggles to work quietly and would do well to learn boundaries.

10 Positive Comments Based on Student’s Attitude

Below are 10 positive report card comments based on a student’s attitude:

  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} ‘s an enthusiastic learner who enjoys school.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} exhibits a positive outlook in the classroom.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} appears refreshed and ready for each day’s activities.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} shows genuine enthusiasm for our daily classroom activities.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} shows impressive initiative and always seeks out new ways to get involved.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} uses strong instincts to deal with matters independently.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} strives to reach their full potential.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is committed to doing their best.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} seeks new challenges.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} takes responsibility for their learning.

10 Positive Comments Based on Student’s Behavior

Here are 10 positive report card comments based on a student’s behavior:

  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} maturely conducts themselves.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} cooperates with other students in a consistent manner.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} follows the rules of the classroom.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is courteous and has good manners.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is helpful and kind to everyone in the classroom.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} maintains a sharp focus on the task at hand.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} sets a high standard for behavior and cooperation.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} easily avoids tempting distractions.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} responds appropriately to instruction.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} easily transitions between classroom activities.

10 Positive Comments Based on Student’s Character

These are 10 positive report card comments based on a student’s character:

  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} showcases good relationship skills.
  • You can count on {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} to follow instructions.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} demonstrates responsibility by caring for school supplies.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} demonstrates a high level of respect for teachers and peers.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is dependable and is ready to assist when needed.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} faithfully completes classroom assignments.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has incredible self-discipline and always gets work completed promptly.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a caring young person who shows concern for their peers.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a model citizen in our classroom.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is sensitive to the feelings of others.

10 Positive Comments Based on Student’s Communication Skills

Here are 10 positive report card comments based on a student’s communication skills:

  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has a well-developed vocabulary.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} carefully and impressively selects their words.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} expresses thoughts clearly.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has a bright imagination and is an excellent writer.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} discovered their voice through poetry.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} uses vivid language in writing.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} writes clearly and purposefully.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} completes writing assignments with purpose.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} can make a convincing and logical argument.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} listens to others’ comments and ideas.

10 Positive Comments Based on Student’s Group Work

These are 10 positive report card comments based on a student’s group work:

  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} provides constructive feedback to peers.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} accepts peer recommendations and acts on them when necessary.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is receptive to other people’s ideas and opinions in the group.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} takes on various and active roles in the workgroup environment.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} enjoys taking on leadership roles in groups.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} demonstrates fairness in the delegation of group tasks.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} carefully plans and executes group activities.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} collaborates with peers democratically.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} encourages the group’s other members to perform better.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} keeps the workgroup on track and focused.

10 Positive Comments Based on Student’s Interest And Talent

Below are 10 positive report card comments based on a student’s interest and talent:

  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} discusses ideas that they’ve read regularly.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} enjoys showing off their musical abilities to the rest of the class.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} reads every day for pleasure.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has a firm grasp of their interests.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has a neat hobby that they shared with the rest of the class.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has a wide range of interests.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} independently seeks out additional information on classroom topics.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a fantastic performer.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a gifted musician.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} possesses a witty sense of humor.

10 Positive Comments Based on Student’s Social Skills

Below are 10 positive report card comments based on a student’s social skills:

  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} makes friends quickly.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is well-liked by their peers.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} deals with peer disagreements in a mature manner.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} treats other students with respect and fairness.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a well-liked student in the class.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} has empathy for peers and others.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} appears to be at ease when confronting challenges.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} enjoys conversing with friends.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} spends their free time with friends.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} makes their friends laugh and smile.

10 Positive Comments Based on Student’s Work Habits

Below are 10 positive report card comments based on a student’s work habits:

  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10}’s attention to detail helps to avoid careless mistakes.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} always double-checks work before submitting it.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} completes homework assignments regularly.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} creates awe-inspiring home projects.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} demonstrates self-discipline.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} exceeds expectations in terms of work quality.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a responsible and hardworking student.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is a student that possesses self-motivation skills.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} is self-sufficient and independent.
  • {formtext: name=name; default=John; cols=10} makes good use of unscheduled class time.

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The parents’ guide to primary school reports

The parents’ guide to primary school reports

School reports vary hugely in their style, content and level of detail. Some information is statutory, but schools have a lot of freedom in terms of what else they include.

We asked three primary school teachers to explain what you need to know about reading and responding to your child’s end-of-year report.

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What’s the point of end-of-year reports?

Your child’s school report is a snapshot of their learning, attainment and attitude over the course of the school year.

‘The overall purpose should be a formal record of what your child has achieved in the year: their academic achievement, and how they are getting on overall,’ says deputy head Roz Maslin. ‘They often talk about the child’s attitude to learning, their social skills , and information about interventions or clubs they’ve been involved in.’

Reports also look ahead to the future. ‘They indicate any areas that require attention, and may set targets for the following year,’ says teacher and tutor Joanna Craigie.

What should they contain?

The Department for Education says that school reports for Key Stages 1 and 2 must cover:

  • General progress
  • A brief overview of achievements, highlighting strengths and developmental needs
  • Information about how to arrange a discussion about the report with your child’s school
  • Your child’s attendance record
  • The results of any National Curriculum assessments, such as SATs

How much detail can you expect?

Beyond the statutory content, the style and depth of the report varies between schools.

‘In my school, we give a measure of how the child is performing against the expected standard for that school year for each subject,’ says Year 6 teacher Claire Shearer. ‘We then give a teacher comment for each of the core subjects, and a personal comment for the child, focusing on things that aren’t subject-based, such as their attitude, behaviour and creativity.’

Some schools provide less detail than this – they may not have comments for individual subjects, for example, and just have an overall comment summarising the child’s school year.

Others go into more depth. For example, it’s becoming increasingly common for children to write their own comments, talking about what they’ve enjoyed learning about, what they feel they’ve succeeded in, and what has challenged them.

In some schools, teachers write a comment for every subject, and often, the head teacher will provide a sentence or two as well (this is more likely in smaller schools). Some reports focus on the topics that children have learned about, as well as subjects.

‘It’s up to schools to decide what to include, and that’s often determined by what sort of format and content the school has previously used, what parents are used to, and what they want,’ explains Roz.

Will you get given grades?

If your child has taken mandatory assessments during the school year, such as Year 2 SATs , Year 6 SATs or the Year 1 phonics screening check , their school report should include their results.

There will often be some other sort of subject-by-subject grading, but don’t expect to be given an ABC or numerical grade. Most schools use some form of the following primary school grading system :

  • Working towards the expected standard
  • Working at the expected standard
  • Working above the expected standard/working at greater depth

Alternatively, you may see something like this:

  • Emerging (working towards the expected standard)
  • Developing (getting close to the expected standard)
  • Secure (working at the expected standard with a secure grasp of the subject)
  • Mastery (working above the expected standard in all areas of the subject)

‘Parents can see how their child is getting on compared to the “expected” standard for the year group,’ Claire adds.

Can teachers copy and paste comments between children?

Although every child should have an individually written report, sometimes parents feel that comments have been copied and pasted from one report to another.

It can feel frustrating if your child’s report doesn’t appear to be sufficiently personalised, but it’s important to remember that report-writing is a mammoth task for primary school teachers, and as a result, they may take small shortcuts to make it more manageable.

‘If a teacher has 30 children in their class and each report takes a minimum 20 minutes to write, that’s 10 hours of writing,’ explains Roz.

‘Each report then has to be checked by a member of the senior leadership team, and after that, the teacher has to make any requested changes. I would much rather teachers focus on planning and teaching, rather than spending hours writing lengthy reports that may not actually be that meaningful or useful to parents.’

Reports shouldn’t, however, be straight copy and paste jobs. ‘Although similar areas will be commented on across reports, teachers do take time to personalise their comments for each child,’ says Claire.

‘Some schools use report-writing programmes with generic statements,’ adds former teacher and tutor Joanna Craigie. These programmes may lead to reports sounding formulaic, but are designed to allow teachers to write reports more efficiently so they can concentrate on their core teaching duties.

Why are there sometimes mistakes in school reports?

As well as being under huge pressure, teachers are also human, so try not to focus on the occasional typo or grammatical mistake.

Some schools acknowledge the huge time pressure and allow teachers to use staff meeting time or an INSET day to write reports, but usually they have to write them in their own time, typically in the evenings when they’re tired from a day of teaching, marking and lesson prep.

‘Whilst your teacher has no doubt proofread every report, after writing and checking 30 reports, you do become a little word blind!’ says Claire.

Joanna agrees. ‘My headteacher would check every child’s report, and still mistakes would get through,’ she says.

Should you share the report with your child?

Many schools address end-of-year reports to the child themselves: you may read comments such as, ‘Katie, you have worked really hard on using commas and full stops this year. Next year, I would like you to try to use a wider range of punctuation.’

This is an important part of making children feel empowered in their own learning, and actively engaged in their next steps and targets.

‘I think it’s brilliant to share reports with your child, and I often write some of the comments addressed directly to them,’ says Claire. ‘Teachers will always try to be positive in reports, so it’s a good confidence boost for children to hear what they have done well in, and if your child is struggling with something, the report will help them identify what they can do to improve.’

Roz advises parents to share reports with their children as long as they’re happy with the content, and are able to discuss it in an age-appropriate way. ‘In this high-pressure age, this can be challenging, as children can get upset if they feel they are not doing as well as others, but I fundamentally believe they should be fully involved in their learning and achievement,’ she says.

What if you read something unexpected?

School reports shouldn’t contain any major surprises. Any significant issues should have been raised in your parent-teacher consultation , or by the teacher speaking to you directly, so it’s unlikely that they’ll drop a bombshell about your child’s attainment or behaviour.

‘We always try to make sure any issues are discussed face to face with parents and not heard for the first time in a report,’ agrees Claire. ‘We hand out reports with a couple of weeks left in the term and encourage parents to meet with us if there is anything they want to discuss.’

It’s mandatory for your child’s report to specify how you should contact the school if you want to raise any concerns about the content of their report, so you should go through this channel first.

‘Speak to the school straight away, without delay,’ Roz advises. ‘Schools are busy places and miscommunication can happen. If you don’t raise the issue, your child’s teacher won’t know there’s a problem.’

Should you give the teacher feedback?

Many schools like parents and carers to acknowledge receipt of their report, often just by signing a slip. Some also invite feedback, whether by filling in a form or emailing the school.

There are two types of feedback – feedback on what the teacher has written about your child, and feedback on the style and format of the report itself.

‘I think we should be trying to make reports as useful as possible for parents, and as easy as possible for schools to produce, so teachers can focus on children’s learning, not on paperwork,’ says Roz.

‘So for me, the feedback should be about how useful the reports are, how reader-friendly they are (as teachers, we can end up writing all sorts of education-speak that means nothing to many parents), what else parents would like us to include, and anything they wouldn’t mind leaving out.’

Claire affirms Roz’s views. ‘We always encourage feedback from parents in all areas of school life,’ she explains. ‘It’s helpful to receive feedback on how well explained and easy to understand the reports are, and positive recognition and feedback that the report has been helpful to you.’

Any gratitude and encouragement you can offer your child’s teacher will also be received gladly – at the end of a long and exhausting school year, a simple ‘thank you’ goes a very long way.

With thanks to the Ask A Teacher Facebook group.

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Report Card Comments & Phrases—Personality & Attitude

Julie Mason, TeacherVision Contributor

These comments and phrases are appropriate for all students across grade levels and are a great time-saver while doing report cards. They are also a great resource to prepare for parent-teacher conferences.

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Report Card Comments & Phrases—Personality & Attitude

Report card comments for students with positive attitudes.

  • _______'s attitude toward our school rules, the other students, and myself is reflected in this reporting quarter. She is capable of being a successful student with effort.
  • Thank you for your interest in our class. I am pleased to report that _______ is showing positive development regarding his attitude in our classroom.
  • _______ continues to make nice progress this year concerning her attitude in the classroom and on the playground.
  • _________'s attitude has continued to improve. Thank you for your support and cooperation.
  • ______ displays an excellent attitude.
  • ______'s attitude toward school is excellent.
  • ______ has a good attitude toward school.
  • ______ assumes responsibility well and has a find attitude.
  • ______ shows initiative and thinks things through for himself.
  • ______ is developing a better attitude toward ___ grade.
  • _______ consistently demonstrates a positive attitude and enthusiasm towards learning.
  • _______ frequently goes above and beyond in class, showing a commendable attitude towards their studies.
  • _______'s positive attitude and respect for others is a breath of fresh air.
  • _______ consistently shows a positive attitude and is always willing to help their peers.
  • _______'s attitude towards learning is infectious, often inspiring their classmates.
  • _______ consistently displays a positive attitude and a strong work ethic, making them a joy to teach.
  • _______ has a refreshing attitude and approaches new challenges with excitement.
  • _______ has a consistently positive attitude and it's clear they love learning.
  • _______ shows admirable resilience and maintains a positive attitude, even when faced with difficult tasks.
  • _______ has an incredibly positive attitude towards school and it's clear they value their education.

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Report card comments about students' personalities

  • ______ is a very pleasant student to work with.
  • ______ is a very thoughtful student.
  • ______ has a pleasant disposition.
  • ______ is pleasant and friendly.
  • ______ is cooperative and happy.
  • ______ is cooperative and well-mannered.
  • ______ has a pleasant personality.
  • ______ is a pleasure to have around.
  • ______ is friendly and cooperative.
  • ______ is a sweet and cooperative child.
  • ______ is a very happy, well-adjusted child, but _____.
  • ______ is self-confident and has excellent manners.
  • ______ has a sense of humor we all enjoy.
  • ______ has a sense of humor and enjoys the stories we read.
  • ______ gets upset easily.
  • ______ often seems tired at school.
  • Although _____________'s growth in social maturity is continuing, it is not consistent.

Report card comments about classroom participation

  • ______ is enthusiastic about participating.
  • ______ participates well in class.
  • ______ volunteers often.
  • ______ is willing to take part in all classroom activities.
  • ______ is showing interest and enthusiasm for the things we do.
  • ______ makes fine contributions.
  • ______ takes an active part in discussions pertinent to ______.
  • ______ responds well.
  • ______ speaks with confidence to the group.
  • ______ takes turns talking.
  • ______ enjoys participating in conversation and discussion.
  • ______ needs to actively participate in classroom discussion.

Report card comments for students who need improvements

  • I will continue to need your help and support if _______ is to overcome her attitude and social difficulties. She will find school a much more pleasant place if she can make a positive effort in this area.
  • Although there has been some improvement in _______'s attitude toward his schoolwork, it is not consistent. He will need continual guidance from home and school throughout the rest of the year.
  • This report card is a reflection of ________'s attitude in school. He could improve if he decided to work harder and cooperate more.
  • As we discussed in our last conference, ________'s attitude toward the basic skills is poor. Please continue to do a nightly review with her, especially focusing on ________.
  • ______ tends to disrupt the class frequently and this behavior impacts other students as well. He/She needs to work on his/her behavior.
  • ______'s disrespectful behavior towards classmates is a cause for concern and requires immediate attention.
  • ______ could benefit from participating more actively in class and displaying a more positive attitude.
  • Although there has been some improvement with ______'s attitude toward her classmates, she frequently needs to be reminded to be respectful.
  • ______ struggles with following classroom rules. Consistent reinforcement of rules could be beneficial.
  • ______'s negativity is often disruptive to the learning environment. A more positive attitude would greatly improve ______'s overall performance.
  • ______ needs to understand the importance of being respectful to teachers and classmates.
  • ______'s attitude towards learning could use improvement. He/She needs to take more responsibility for his/her learning.
  • ______ has difficulty working cooperatively with classmates. He/She would benefit from practicing teamwork skills.
  • ______'s attitude can sometimes come across as disinterested or indifferent. Encouragement to show more enthusiasm in class is needed.
  • As my past reports have indicated, ______ does not do his schoolwork. He can do better if he makes his mind up to work harder and complete his assignments.

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21 esl speaking report card comments for beginner students.

  • I am thrilled with {student name}’s performance this year. {his/her} English speaking abilities have improved significantly.
  • {student name}’s performance this year has been adequate. To improve their English speaking skills, I would recommend practicing {add things to recommend here}.
  • {student name}’s English speaking skills are significantly lagging behind the rest of the class. I would recommend practicing {add things to recommend here}.
  • {student name} is a very enthusiastic student. {he/she} joined recently, yet, {he/she} is one of the first ones to respond to questions.
  • {student name} is doing exceptionally well with similar sounding words.
  • {student name} struggles with similar sounding words.
  • {student name} should practice similarly sound words to improve. {he/she} gets confused between words like {add example similarly sounding words here}.
  • {student name} feels uncomfortable participating in classroom discussions. Practicing at home alone can help them overcome this.
  • {student name} can confidently answer common English questions.
  • {student name} feels uncomfortable speaking in front of the class when asked common questions.
  • {student name} lacks the confidence to answer common English questions in class.
  • {student name} is unable to answer common English questions asked during the class.
  • {student name} has good English writing and listening skills, but {he/she} feels shy when it comes to speaking. To be able to confidently speak English in a group, {student name} needs to practice speaking at home.
  • {student name} correctly uses verbal phrases and verbal expressions in his English class.
  • {student name} correctly uses verbal phrases, but needs to improve their usage of verbal expressions in his English class.
  • {student name} struggles with the correct usage of verbal phrases and verbal expressions in his English class.
  • {student name}’s English speaking skills are excellent for a beginner.
  • {student name}’s English speaking skills are sufficient for a beginner.
  • {student name}’s English speaking skills are lacking for a beginner.
  • {student name} can easily describe objects.
  • {student name} faces difficulty in describing objects while speaking English.

10 ESL Speaking Report Card Comments for Intermediate Level Students

  • {student name}needs to practice speaking English at home to perform well in front of the class.
  • {student name} has intermediate English speaking skills.
  • To improve and excel as an intermediate-level English student, I would like {student name} to participate more in {his/her} English class.
  • {student name} often uses {native language} over English in class - which is preventing {him/her} from improving English speaking skills as an intermediate learner.
  • {student name} is doing great in his Intermediate English class. {he/she}learns new words, how to phrase them, and is able to pronounce them quite well.
  • {student name} is underperforming in his Intermediate English class. {he/she} is facing issues with how to phrase words and how to pronounce them. I would recommend placing more emphasis on {his/her}usage of phrases to improve.
  • {student name} is a quick learner and can learn how to speak new English words faster than the rest of {his/her} classmates.
  • {student name} can speak beginner-level English words well, but {he/she} is struggling with learning intermediate-level English words. I would encourage {student name} to practice {excrise} at home.
  • {student name} struggles with speaking in front of a group of {his/her} peers.
  • {student name} has impressively improved their English speaking skills and can now speak like an intermediate level student.

5 ESL Speaking Report Card Comments for Advanced Students

  • {student name} has advanced level English speaking skills and can speak with confidence in front of a group of peers.
  • {student name} is struggling with their English speaking skills and is performing at the intermediate level. I would recommend practicing speaking at home and focusing on the following {add your topics to focus on here}.
  • {student nane} when asked questions answers in a yes or a no. Adding more details is required to reach an advanced level in English speaking. We recommend {he/she} practice more comprehensive answers to the questions provided as homework at home.
  • {student name} has gone from using some English to using a significant amount of English in {his/her} daily conversation. It has tremendously improved their spoken English.
  • {student name} only practices speaking English during {his/her} class. To advance {his/her} English speaking proficiency, I would advise practicing English speaking outside of the classroom. Using English in day-to-day conversations would be helpful.

34 Writing ESL Report Card Comments

12 esl writing report card comments for beginner students.

  • {student name} can write short sentences and the basics of English writing are covered well.
  • {student name} understands the basics of English writing, but is unable to write short sentences.
  • {student name} can perform better in English writing if {he/she} maintains a daily journal.
  • {student name} understands the subject well, but is unable to write around the subject.
  • {student name}’s writing involves a lot of grammar mistakes.
  • {student name}’s writing is free of grammar mistakes.
  • Sentences written by {student name} have unclear meaning.
  • Sentences written by {student name} have clear meaning and convey information accurately.
  • While {student name} understands the subject well enough, {he/she} uses incorrect word order.
  • {student name}’s English writing has no incorrect word order.
  • {student name}’s writing is cohesive, coherent, stays on the topic, with consistent voice, and addresses all parts of the given assignment.
  • {student name}’s writing is incoherent, not cohesive and strays away from the topic. To advance to the next level of English writing, I recommend that the student practice writing at home.

12 ESL Writing Report Card Comments for Intermediate Level Students

  • {student name}’s has scored {55}% on mechanics of writing, {70}% on completeness of the answers, {37}% on consistency, and {29}% on cohesiveness. My recommendations to improve {his/her} writing scores are {add your recommendations here}.
  • {student name}’s English writing has no spelling errors. {he/she} writes with clarity, using the correct word order, and sentence structure.
  • While {student name}’s English writing has no spelling errors, {his/her} sentence structure needs improvement to reach an intermediate level of ESL learner.
  • {student name}’s writing has no punctuation errors.
  • {student name}’s writing has punctuation errors.
  • {student name} has improve their English writing skill significantly, but {he/she} still need help in {list areas where the student needs improvement}.
  • {student name} is able to express {his/her} ideas in English.
  • {student name} is only able to express {his/her} ideas in written English with common topics. {he/she} feels uncomfortable when asked to write on unfamiliar topics.
  • {student name} can write simple sentences well, but struggles while writing complex sentences. {student name} must practice writing complex sentences that have a verb and a subject. Writing complete complex sentences would improve {student name}’s English skills.
  • {student name} has significant spelling errors in {his/her} writing.
  • {student name}’s English writing is free of spelling errors.
  • {student name}’s writing isn’t very descriptive. {he/she} should consider using more adjectives.

10 ESL Writing Report Card Comments for Advanced Students

  • {student name} has performed very well in his advanced ESL class and is ready to take his English proficiency test.
  • {student name} needs to practice exercises given during the class at home to reach advanced level English writing proficiency.
  • {student name} has sufficient grammar, vocabulary, and sentence formation skills to write on complex topics and share deep opinions thoughtfully.
  • {student name} has sufficient grammar knowledge and vocabulary, but {his/her} sentence formation skills prevent them to write on complex topics and share deep opinions.
  • {student name} lacks sufficient grammar knowledge, vocabulary and sentence formation skills to write on complex topics and share deep opinions.
  • {student name} can write native-level English.
  • {student name} leverages {his/her} native level vocabulary to write.
  • {student name} has mastered advanced level English writing skills.
  • {student name} still uses features from {his/her} native language while writing in English. This prevents {him/her} from reaching advanced English writing levels.
  • {student name} often uses the same words. This decreases the quality of {his/her} English writing. I would suggest that {student name} improve their vocabulary and sentence formation.

31 Listening ESL Report Card Comments

10 esl listening report card comments for beginner students.

  • {student name} is able to understand basic conversations during class and is able to understand the core subject well.
  • {student name} is struggling with understanding the core subject of conversations in the English listening class.
  • {student name} has to listen to common words a number of times before they can understand audio with clarity.
  • {student name} is struggling as {he/she} is lacking in common vocabulary of English. Practicing common vocabulary words will enable {student name} to overcome this challenge.
  • {student name} is facing issues in following the classroom audio. I recommend that {he/she} should listen to audio provided with audio text to help {him/her} better cope with it.
  • {student name} initially required audio text to help {him/her} follow the classroom audio. But {student name} picked up pretty quickly and no longer depends on audio text while listening to classroom audio.
  • {student name} relies on visual cues, slow listening speeds, and guesters to fully understand basic English conversations. {he/she} needs to practice more at home to level up {his/her} listening skills with her ESL batchmates.
  • {student name} frequently requests clarification as {he/she} finds it difficult to understand basic English conversations.
  • {student name} is performing well. {he/she} rarely requires any assistance or clarification.
  • {student name}’s listening skills qualify for someone who is at a beginner level. {he/she} can understand the speaker’s purpose and analyze reasoning.

11 ESL Listening Report Card Comments for Intermediate Level Students

  • During the listening exercises, {student name} has performed well enough when it comes to the main idea of summarizing, audio, vocabulary, and inference.
  • {student name} performs well when it comes to summarizing, audio, and inference. But, {student name} faces difficulty during listening when it comes to vocabulary. I would recommend {he/she} practice {excerise} at home.
  • {student name} struggles with differentiating between certain common phrases in English.
  • {student name} can easily listen and differentiate between common phrases in English.
  • {student name} can understand the subject while listening, but faces difficulties when {he/she} hears a new word.
  • {student name} is doing great with {his/her} listening exercises. {he/she} can listen and understand well enough to extract correct information without any errors.
  • {student name} often requires help to understand the English words and phrases during {his/her} listening exercises.
  • {student name} should practice listening exercises daily at home to reach an intermediate ESL listening level.
  • {student name} has improved their English listening skills significantly. {he/she} previously had to re-listen 3-4 times before {he/she} was able to understand the audio. Now, {student name} can only occasionally listens to the same audio again.
  • {student name} has improved their listening skills a lot, however {he/she} is still facing difficulties while listening when people talk faster. Practicing audio exercises at home will greatly improve {his/her} ability to listen to fast speech.
  • {student name} will greatly improve {his/her} listening skills by watching English shows and listening to English podcasts.

10 ESL Listening Report Card Comments for Advanced Students

  • {student name} has reached advanced listening skills when it comes to extracting subject, literal, summarizing, inferencing, fact-finding, reasoning, and vocabulary.
  • {student name} has reached advanced listening skills when it comes to {extracting subject, literal, summarizing, inferencing, fact-finding, reasoning, vocabulary}, but struggles with {extracting subject, literal, summarizing, inferencing, fact-finding, reasoning, vocabulary}. I recommend practicing {exercise} to improve.
  • {student name} requires no additional help in understanding listening exercises.
  • {student name} is able to listen and comprehend formal and informal conversations with perfection.
  • {student name} finds it easy to listen to audio when common words are used. {he/she} finds it difficult to follow listening exercises when complex vocabulary is involved.
  • {student name} would find it easy to integrate into an English-speaking environment.
  • {student name} has performed well when it comes to literal listening. However, {he/she} faces difficulty in understanding the speaker’s point of view and finding evidence.
  • {student name} is struggling with identifying the core topic from listening exercises. I would suggest {him/her} to practice listening exercises at home to reach advanced level English listening skills.
  • To help {student name} reach advanced level English listening skills, I would suggest practicing our listening exercises around intonation and phonemes.
  • {student name} has done quite well this year. To further improve their English listening skills, I would recommend encouraging {him/her} to complete all bonus listening exercises.

29 Reading ESL Report Card Comments

12 esl reading report card comments for beginner students.

  • {student name} is doing great. {he/she} can read short sentences with zero errors.
  • {student name} often tries to read faster, which leads to multiple mistakes. I would recommend encouraging {him/her} to read with focus.
  • {student name} is capable of reading common individual words, but struggles with reading entire sentences.
  • {student name} can read short poems and stories by {himself/herself}.
  • {student name} can now read commonly used words, signages, labels, logos, and simple instructions.
  • {student name} has successfully achieved beginner-level comprehension skills.
  • {student name} can perfectly read and identify the following information: names of people, names of places, events, and dates mentioned.
  • {student name} is struggling to identify the following from his ESL reading exercises: names of people, names of places, events, and dates mentioned.
  • {student name} can understand the meaning of sentences.
  • {student name} struggles with understanding the meaning of sentences.
  • {student name} can accurately identify affix, base word, prefix, root, and suffix from their reading exercises.
  • {student name} is able to identity {affix/base word/prefix/root/suffix}, but makes mistake while identifying {affix/base word/prefix/root/suffix}.

7 ESL Reading Report Card Comments for Intermediate Level Students

  • {student name} can read English text and was able to answer all questions based on the text.
  • {student name} was able to answer {x}% of the questions after reading English text.
  • {student name} can read short passages and stories and is able to identify the main subject or the theme from it.
  • {student name} should change the language on their phone and laptop to English. That will help them improve their English writing skills.
  • {student name} can read short sentences and short paragraphs well. But, when asked to read longer sentences and long essays {student name} struggles.
  • {student name} can easily read common English words that they are familiar with, but struggle with lesser-used words in English.
  • {student name} can easily read both sentences with common English words and sentences with less-used words.

10 ESL Reading Report Card Comments for Advanced Students

  • {student name} can read English text and interpret it with native English level proficiency.
  • {student name} has reached intermediate reading levels. To advance to native English level reading proficiency {student name} should practice the following {exercise/book/etc} at least for {e.g. 3} hours per {day/week}.
  • {student name} struggles to understand the main subject and theme of long passages.
  • {student name} can read an English book and summarize it in {his/her} own words very well.
  • {student name} struggles with reading an English book and summarizing it.
  • {student name} faces challenges with {his/her} vocabulary, but {his/her} reading skills allow {student name} to understand the unknown word by understanding the context around it.
  • {student name} gets stuck on unfamiliar words. I would recommend {he/she} practice reading at home and focusing on extrapolating the meaning of unfamiliar words using the context.
  • {studnet name} can read well and understand the context. {his/her} reading speed is quite slow. To perform in an advanced-level English test. {he/she} would need to speed up {his/her} reading capabilities. I recommend completing all bonus reading exercises.
  • {student name} can read at an intermediate level. Based on {his/her} ESL class performance, I would recommend {student name} should use {Dictionary/Encyclopedia/etc} to improve {his/her} reading skills further.
  • {student name} is doing well. I would recommend that {he/she} reads English newspapers to further improve their reading skills.

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Create a form in Word that users can complete or print

In Word, you can create a form that others can fill out and save or print.  To do this, you will start with baseline content in a document, potentially via a form template.  Then you can add content controls for elements such as check boxes, text boxes, date pickers, and drop-down lists. Optionally, these content controls can be linked to database information.  Following are the recommended action steps in sequence.  

Show the Developer tab

In Word, be sure you have the Developer tab displayed in the ribbon.  (See how here:  Show the developer tab .)

Open a template or a blank document on which to base the form

You can start with a template or just start from scratch with a blank document.

Start with a form template

Go to File > New .

In the  Search for online templates  field, type  Forms or the kind of form you want. Then press Enter .

In the displayed results, right-click any item, then select  Create. 

Start with a blank document 

Select Blank document .

Add content to the form

Go to the  Developer  tab Controls section where you can choose controls to add to your document or form. Hover over any icon therein to see what control type it represents. The various control types are described below. You can set properties on a control once it has been inserted.

To delete a content control, right-click it, then select Remove content control  in the pop-up menu. 

Note:  You can print a form that was created via content controls. However, the boxes around the content controls will not print.

Insert a text control

The rich text content control enables users to format text (e.g., bold, italic) and type multiple paragraphs. To limit these capabilities, use the plain text content control . 

Click or tap where you want to insert the control.

Rich text control button

To learn about setting specific properties on these controls, see Set or change properties for content controls .

Insert a picture control

A picture control is most often used for templates, but you can also add a picture control to a form.

Picture control button

Insert a building block control

Use a building block control  when you want users to choose a specific block of text. These are helpful when you need to add different boilerplate text depending on the document's specific purpose. You can create rich text content controls for each version of the boilerplate text, and then use a building block control as the container for the rich text content controls.

building block gallery control

Select Developer and content controls for the building block.

Developer tab showing content controls

Insert a combo box or a drop-down list

In a combo box, users can select from a list of choices that you provide or they can type in their own information. In a drop-down list, users can only select from the list of choices.

combo box button

Select the content control, and then select Properties .

To create a list of choices, select Add under Drop-Down List Properties .

Type a choice in Display Name , such as Yes , No , or Maybe .

Repeat this step until all of the choices are in the drop-down list.

Fill in any other properties that you want.

Note:  If you select the Contents cannot be edited check box, users won’t be able to click a choice.

Insert a date picker

Click or tap where you want to insert the date picker control.

Date picker button

Insert a check box

Click or tap where you want to insert the check box control.

Check box button

Use the legacy form controls

Legacy form controls are for compatibility with older versions of Word and consist of legacy form and Active X controls.

Click or tap where you want to insert a legacy control.

Legacy control button

Select the Legacy Form control or Active X Control that you want to include.

Set or change properties for content controls

Each content control has properties that you can set or change. For example, the Date Picker control offers options for the format you want to use to display the date.

Select the content control that you want to change.

Go to Developer > Properties .

Controls Properties  button

Change the properties that you want.

Add protection to a form

If you want to limit how much others can edit or format a form, use the Restrict Editing command:

Open the form that you want to lock or protect.

Select Developer > Restrict Editing .

Restrict editing button

After selecting restrictions, select Yes, Start Enforcing Protection .

Restrict editing panel

Advanced Tip:

If you want to protect only parts of the document, separate the document into sections and only protect the sections you want.

To do this, choose Select Sections in the Restrict Editing panel. For more info on sections, see Insert a section break .

Sections selector on Resrict sections panel

If the developer tab isn't displayed in the ribbon, see Show the Developer tab .

Open a template or use a blank document

To create a form in Word that others can fill out, start with a template or document and add content controls. Content controls include things like check boxes, text boxes, and drop-down lists. If you’re familiar with databases, these content controls can even be linked to data.

Go to File > New from Template .

New from template option

In Search, type form .

Double-click the template you want to use.

Select File > Save As , and pick a location to save the form.

In Save As , type a file name and then select Save .

Start with a blank document

Go to File > New Document .

New document option

Go to File > Save As .

Go to Developer , and then choose the controls that you want to add to the document or form. To remove a content control, select the control and press Delete. You can set Options on controls once inserted. From Options, you can add entry and exit macros to run when users interact with the controls, as well as list items for combo boxes, .

Adding content controls to your form

In the document, click or tap where you want to add a content control.

On Developer , select Text Box , Check Box , or Combo Box .

Developer tab with content controls

To set specific properties for the control, select Options , and set .

Repeat steps 1 through 3 for each control that you want to add.

Set options

Options let you set common settings, as well as control specific settings. Select a control and then select Options to set up or make changes.

Set common properties.

Select Macro to Run on lets you choose a recorded or custom macro to run on Entry or Exit from the field.

Bookmark Set a unique name or bookmark for each control.

Calculate on exit This forces Word to run or refresh any calculations, such as total price when the user exits the field.

Add Help Text Give hints or instructions for each field.

OK Saves settings and exits the panel.

Cancel Forgets changes and exits the panel.

Set specific properties for a Text box

Type Select form Regular text, Number, Date, Current Date, Current Time, or Calculation.

Default text sets optional instructional text that's displayed in the text box before the user types in the field. Set Text box enabled to allow the user to enter text into the field.

Maximum length sets the length of text that a user can enter. The default is Unlimited .

Text format can set whether text automatically formats to Uppercase , Lowercase , First capital, or Title case .

Text box enabled Lets the user enter text into a field. If there is default text, user text replaces it.

Set specific properties for a Check box .

Default Value Choose between Not checked or checked as default.

Checkbox size Set a size Exactly or Auto to change size as needed.

Check box enabled Lets the user check or clear the text box.

Set specific properties for a Combo box

Drop-down item Type in strings for the list box items. Press + or Enter to add an item to the list.

Items in drop-down list Shows your current list. Select an item and use the up or down arrows to change the order, Press - to remove a selected item.

Drop-down enabled Lets the user open the combo box and make selections.

Protect the form

Go to Developer > Protect Form .

Protect form button on the Developer tab

Note:  To unprotect the form and continue editing, select Protect Form again.

Save and close the form.

Test the form (optional)

If you want, you can test the form before you distribute it.

Protect the form.

Reopen the form, fill it out as the user would, and then save a copy.

Creating fillable forms isn’t available in Word for the web.

You can create the form with the desktop version of Word with the instructions in Create a fillable form .

When you save the document and reopen it in Word for the web, you’ll see the changes you made.

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