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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 (151)

I say a big THANK YOU for sharing these useful tips. God bless you!

thanks so much for the ideas (^O^)/

Cool!! Thank you so much teacher!

Thank you for sharing this amazing file! I lost all of mine, but I will start again and because of your work, mine is being easier.
Thanks a lot!
SIncerely, A hectic teacher form Mexico City.

Thank you so much for sharing this. This is very helpful and will make my work much easier. God Bless!

I like the comment but how do we comment in social studies

thanks for sharing.


Thank you so much for your help :):):)... These samples really helped me compile comments for my students

These are wonderful. Has anyone ever translated them to Spanish?

Thank you so much for these ideas. It really helps my struggles. THANK YOU!!! I hope one day I will have something to share so that others can benefit.

Thanks. I am a new teacher and it saved me a lot of time. The tip about saving comments to review when writing the next progress reports makes sense too. Once again, thanks a million

Nice post thanks

Thank you very much for Sharing. This will be very helpful.

very interesting one...

These are awesome!!!! Just what I need.

Thanks, Katrina! Glad you can use them. I just came back to them myself as I'm finishing up my comments right now! ~Genia

I have searched all about the place but was very eager to read and get ideas from your comments. They are very helpful and will definitely use some of them. Thank you so much for these types of comments. I encourage other teachers to adapt from them-- excellent!

Thanks so much for reading and commenting! I'm so happy you find these helpful.

Thank you soooooo nuch for all your help. Having a sample to go by helped me so much!!1 I am a first year teacher in Kindergarten.

your comments is a big help to me as teacher... thank you for sharing it...

I am so happy these report card comments have helped so many find just the right words for their students. Thank you so much for reading and commenting! Genia

all these comments were very helping and they were written in very detail..thanks for sharing :)

Thank you for sharing

thanks a lot... great help...:)

Thanks for your Tips of comments, really Useful for me!

Thank you so much.. It i..s really a great help.... God Bless

Thank you for sharing with us your brilliant comments. This saves my time.

Use the kids name, nothing is more annoying than thinking your kids teacher can't truly remember who they are

Its a good step towards the future.

Thanks for the wonderful and inspiring comments.

Thank you for sharing, as a new teacher these will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your selfless help. It was really very useful.

thans olot for ur kind comments, it really help

This is so helpful as a teacher. Thank for sharing your knowledge.You are so great!

Your comments/tips saved me a lot time. Thank you so much!

I really appreciate the great comments that were given.I was really stuck ,so thank very much.

Thank you so much for sharing this with all teachers. It has made it easier for me to fill out the report cards of my students. All the comments are positive and appropriate, I really like them all.
God bless you!


I'm a first year teacher and I can't express how thankful I am for this. I was extremely stressed about doing my report card comments when I saw this. It has made me calm down and realize that it is manageable. I love how you broke down each step and gave examples. THANK YOU!!!!

Thanks for sharing your comments. Its great, and after teaching for 12 years I'm going to write great comments frm your sheet. My children and parents will be happy with the positive way of writing comments for them. Thankyou.

thank you for sharing these comments, after 17 years of teaching i do run dry at times and with your help my report writing became colorful again...you made life easy, thanks once again! Dear indeed you are!!

Thank you on my behalf and on the behalf of many children here in Syria

nice method of report writing. i plan to use and improve my report writing. thank you.

I found out it is not easy to write negative comments.. I meant to inform the parents that their kids need help or there are lots of things need to be improved.... Share if you have more


Thanks for making teachers job easy great effort.Stay blessed

Thank you for sharing this positive comments...i will use this very interesting and helpful...thnx much,God bless you!

I am really thankful as I was stuck for comments at the 11th hour. But your comments narrated the same flow that I wanted for all my class students with a differentiation. Thank you once again and would like be in touch in some or the other way to exchange our stuffs.

Thankyou for your generous sharing on this site. Your way of setting out your comments is both useful and inspiring, I found your site through a young teacher friend who is just commencing her career. You can teach an old dog new tricks or at least revitalise one. Thanks again.

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