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101 Report Card Comments to Use Now

By Genia Connell on November 1, 2012
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Four times a year I’m given the monumental task of creating report cards that leave an accurate record of my students’ performance in the classroom without making anybody cry. As a teacher, it is our duty to be truthful, but we also need to be tactful. This week I’ll share with you some of the tried and true report card comments that I have used over the years. I’ll also give you a peek into over forty of my actual report card comments that may give you a few ideas and save you valuable time when you write your own comments this year. 


Start on a Positive Note

I always begin each comment with a general statement letting the parents know how happy I am to be teaching their child, or how much their child is learning and growing:

  • It has truly been a pleasure getting to know your child this quarter.
  • Your child has made great progress across the curriculum since the beginning of the school year.
  • Your child has made very good academic and/or social progress this quarter.
  • Your child has done a very nice job this quarter, taking pride in her work and completing assignments with quality in mind.
  • Your child continues to have a great year in 3rd grade.
  • It has been a pleasure having the opportunity to work with (student) during his 3rd grade year.


Provide Specific Information Across Several Different Areas

Next, include formative evidence that lets the parents know how you view their child as a person, a classmate, and a student. You may notice several of the reading, writing, communication, and math stems come from the Common Core State Standards.

Personal Attributes

The student . . . 

  • is an enthusiastic learner.
  • tackles new challenges seriously/eagerly and with a positive attitude.
  • arrives at school each day with a smile, ready to learn.
  • is an active participant in small group discussions.
  • puts evident effort into his work as he completes assignments with quality in mind.
  • shows perseverance in all he does.
  • has many insightful ideas to share with the class.
  • is kind, caring, and friendly character makes her a role model for classmates.
  • has a cheery demeanor that has made her a friend to many in our classroom.
  • uses common sense to problem solve independently and in a positive manner.
  • is respectful of others.
  • adapts easily to new situations.


The student . . . 

  • consistently makes good choices in all parts of the school day.
  • demonstrates behavior that sets the standard for our class.
  • is able to separate work and social times.
  • is polite to adults and peers in and out of the classroom.
  • manages his feelings and emotions well in the classroom.
  • reacts appropriately in adverse situations.
  • is a role model for our class with his good behavior.

Work Habits

The student . . . 

  • always completes daily assignments in a timely manner.
  • returns homework on time and well done.
  • stays focused on the task at hand.
  • uses class time constructively.
  • consistently uses personal best effort on a daily basis.
  • completes work with quality in mind.
  • is a self-motivated worker.
  • demonstrates hard work and produces quality results.
  • is an inquisitive learner who enjoys analyzing situations and making new discoveries in all parts of the school day.
  • actively engages in working carefully and conscientiously.
  • pays attention to detail in daily work.
  • follows directions.
  • works independently and stays on task.
  • uses higher level thinking strategies to apply learned skills to new situations.
  • has a passion for [subject area] that shows through the resolve he puts into every single assignment.
  • works very well with others in a group.
  • shows perseverance on challenging assignments.
  • is able to transition easily from one activity to the next.

Social Skills

The student . . . 

  • is always willing to help a classmate.
  • values what others have to say.
  • treats others fairly.
  • gets along well with others in the classroom and/or on the playground.
  • is polite to peers and/or adults, in and out of the classroom.
  • takes the thoughts and feeling of others into account before speaking or acting.
  • handles disagreements with peers appropriately and diplomatically.
  • makes friends easily.
  • enjoys spending time with friends.


The student . . . 

  • effectively participates in a range of conversations with diverse partners.
  • builds on other’s ideas and expresses her own clearly and persuasively.
  • is an active participant in small and/or large group discussions.
  • is an active listener and important member of group discussions.
  • asks and answers questions that demonstrate understanding.
  • asks questions or seeks clarification when needed.
  • listens well and shares ideas frequently.
  • shares appropriate and relevant information.
  • listens to the ideas, opinions, and comments of others without interrupting.
  • responds appropriately to other’s comments during partner/turn-and-talk time.


The student . . . 

  • retells events from a story in a sequential manner. 
  • reads closely to determine what the text says explicitly and makes logical inferences from it.
  • goes back to the text and cites evidence to support conclusions drawn from the text.
  • has a good sense of story structure. She's able to identify the setting, characters, problem, and solution.
  • describes characters in a story and explains how they impact the story.
  • analyzes how two or more texts are similar.
  • uses taught reading strategies well to gain meaning, especially . . . 
  • uses strategies such as making connections, asking questions about the text, and inferencing to aid their comprehension.
  • has very good fluency and intonation.
  • reads dialogue with expression.
  • uses text features and search tools to efficiently locate information relevant to a given topic.
  • uses information gained from illustrations to demonstrate understanding of the text.
  • reads and comprehends informational texts, including those for science and social studies.
  • chooses books that are at her “just right” reading level.
  • has very good reading stamina. The student is able to read for ___ consecutive minutes.
  • works well and participates in small, guided reading groups.


The student . . . 

  • shows strong knowledge and application of writing conventions such as capitalization and punctuation.
  • has shown very good/great improvement in spelling and word work over the past several weeks.
  • produces writing that has been a joy to read over the past few weeks. I especially liked [examples of what the student wrote that you felt was well done].
  • has language arts skills that continue to blossom, especially in the areas of . . . 
  • conveys her thoughts and ideas clearly.
  • writes sentences that are complete thoughts.
  • writes opinion pieces with well thought-out, supportive reasoning.
  • shows a strong grasp of organization in her writing. She stays on topic and uses relevant details.
  • uses details to expand upon the great written thoughts she is already putting on paper.
  • uses strong descriptive language, allowing the audience to clearly visualize what is being described.
  • uses an appropriate voice in her writing that allows her personality to come through in her written pieces. 


The student . . . 

  • knows basic math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).
  • uses various strategies to solve one- and two-step word problems.
  • identifies and extends mathematical patterns.
  • understands place value and uses it to round numbers to the nearest . . .
  • solves real-world mathematical problems involving perimeter and area.
  • understands the relationship between addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division.
  • can identify the attributes of two- and three-dimensional objects.
  • uses measurement tools well to determine length/volume/time/money/temperature.
  • uses data to create charts and graphs.
  • uses data from charts and graphs to solve problems.


Set a Goal

While the students may be learning and growing, there is always room for improvement. Provide at least one specific goal that you will be working on with the student the following quarter. Use all of the comments above to help you set your goals. Simply add beginnings such as:

  • Your child would benefit from . . .
  • This quarter we will be working on . . .
  • I would like to see your child work on . . .
  • Your child needs to pay closer attention to . . .
  • One area for improvement is . . .



I always close on a positive note, giving a boost to my students' confidence. I let them know how proud I am of what they have been doing, and how I look forward to what is to come:

  • I am so proud of all you have accomplished. Keep up the wonderful things you are doing!
  • You are an amazing student, and you truly shine!
  • I can hardly wait to see how you impress me during the next quarter!
  • You have had a terrific quarter, and I am confident the next one will be even better!


Save Your Comments 

I write my comments in a Word document, then save them every year to look back at. This helps jog my memory, and old comments often serve as a platform that I build new ones upon. Again, here is a look at a collection of comments I have saved from previous years. I'm hoping these tips save you a little time while helping you leave a record of your students' achievements.

Report Card Comments by Genia ConnellClick above to dowload these comments.




Comments (152)

This is the best list of comments I've read in over 10 years of teaching! Thanks for sharing! I'm feeling stuck this year as I start to write my reports and this is coming in handy to start the flow.

Great comments! Thanks for sharing.


I really appreciate your sharing.It is helpful during my report cards time.

Thanks, Veronica. Creating this comment list has truly been a timesaver for me too! Genia

Thank you for sharing the comments!

Thanks for these wonderful comments. It is very helpful to see how others write their comments.

Thank you very much for these great comments. Is it permissible to have a personal copy?

This comments are very helpful.It would be even more supportive if 3 0r 4 complete sample comments are provided for above average, average and below average students. Starting with a positive general comment on behavior. Then a few subject specific lines,in which highlighting the strengths and areas of development.Then giving solutions for areas to be worked upon.Ending with wishing for next term or quarter.

hello im a islamiat teacher in our school,so im too much confuse for student comments.how i write ? and english is my second language kindly help me plxx. .

THanks, That's exactly what I was looking for.

Thank you so much for sharing :) I love what you wrote. It must be a privilege to be your pupil.

God bless your cotton socks!

I Really Love your comments dats superb..........m also a teacher at school.....and i teach 6th class........

I am a Spanish teacher and I teach 1st throgh 4th grades. Do you have any advice for comments to Spanish students.
I will appreciated any advice you can give.

Thank you,


I am a girls hostel House Mistress.. And I have to provide the comments/ remarks regarding their behaviors, day to day activities, improvements etc. for each student staying in the hostel in their Final report cards.

Could you please help me out by providing some best remarks samples for it.


Hi, I am a new teacher and am struggling to copy the report card commence for future reference. But I am unable to do so on my desktop.
please since English is my second language. Also i am not computer savvy so please send me instructions on how to save on my desktop or any other folder.

Thank you

thanks. You've done a good job. Keep it up!

Really I appreciate you a lot and many many thanks my dear Genia. You helped me a lot. Your tips made my work too easy and graceful.

thanks for sharing comment for students. it is helping to write comment

Thanks for sharing your wonderful comments. Can we get more comments on slow learners? God bless you and give your more ideas

Very helpful makes my work so easy.

this is very helpful thank you for sharing...
it was really of great help...

Exactly what I was looking for. The comments were a great help

thanku somuch i learned so many things from dis site.nd it is very helpful for teachers like me.

Hi,I was reading your text and I am just wondering if it is too much for a Prep/Nursery or from Grade I-IV. I mean 10 or more points for a teacher to fill out, how much can a small child learn?


George David


I am a first year teacher in kindergarten.Really your comments are very useful to prepare our progress reports.These are all positive comments I like to have some more for slow learners also...can u help

Thanks for your concise and helpful list. Much appreciated and will save much time.

Excellent! Many thanks! These comments are very helpful.

Thank you so much for these types of comments. Thanks for your Tips of comments, really Useful for me!

Thank YOU sooo much! This has been so helpful! I was cracking my head trying to come up with unique and individual comments! This was a real lifesaver! thanx a million!

i am very happy to get these comments these are very beneficial for my teachers

really useful for a starter like me

This is so thoughtful and kind of you to think, write and share these ideas for kids. I really liked it.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Just when I was having writers block along comes this...ready made comments!

You're welcome! Glad these are helping your writer's block. I find it's always nice to have some fresh ideas when I have a long list of report cards to take care of! ~G

What can I tell you!!! You deserve the gold medal of the most helpful bloggers!!! Thank you so much!!!!!

Thank you, Lila! I'll take it--my very first gold medal!! Glad these helped you out. I am using them right now! ~Genia

Thank you so much ..it's a great help to me specially I have time constraint

Just what I need. Time saving, very helpful, less stress thinking how to evaluate students.
Well done, "fresh from the oven"...THANKS EVERYONE...LOVE YOU GUYS! GOD BLESS!

Thank you very much for sharing. December 29, 2013.

Thankyou so much. It really helps a lot.

thank u so much it helps me a lot

Thank you so much for your posting. You really give me great ideas. GBU

You are the Best!!!

i'm a new teacher and i still need to learn more about how to make a Great Report Comment like yours.

Thanks for sharing - some new ideas helped me this year when i was really stuck! I was confused though as your opening comments address the parents yet your closing comments address the student. Have you had any feedback about switching between the two? I generally only address the parent and would be interested to hear how this works. I might make a comment like ...I wish Sally all the best... but it is still directed at the parent.

thanks for help me

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