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101 Report Card Comments to Use Now

By Genia Connell on November 1, 2012
  • Grades: 1–2, 3–5

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.

Behavior

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.

Communication

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.

Reading

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.

Writing

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. 

Math

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 . . .

 

Closings

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 (150)

Dear Ritu,

Thanks so much for your comments, and I'm so glad you came across these. Hopefully they made your task of writing report card comments a little easier. I am just about to start my report cards now! Take care, Genia

interesting and so help full thank you.

You're welcome!

Hello,
Thanks a lot for this kind of support for the number of people. actually it is a very tough job to comment on somebody's performance. it has become a great source.

Thanks so much for your comment!

just wonderful!I head the Language Department and comments are always expected from me for all these years and I was exhausted

As a previous teacher writing regular ed report cards and special education progress reports and now a parent, I have to say I hope people see this as a starting point only. I know sometimes it is hard to start the process of writing report cards, but I truly hope that each child is remembered as an individual and that each report card is written with the individual child in mind. Admittedly I cringed when we received my daughter's first report card this year and the only comment was- " she is a pleasure to have in class" . That tells me nothing specific and yes I get there are lot of report cards to write, but I think people can do better.

I agree completely, Donna. While these comments are great starters, I feel it is best when teachers focus on attributes specific to the student. My comments wind up being quite lengthy, and I know parents appreciate the narrative. I once opened my daughter's middle school report card to see "Student is a pleasure to have in class," six times. Gave me the impression she was a pleasure to have in class and nothing more! -Genia

The report card comments are awesome and very relevant. I plan to use them as teacher commentary to promote postive responses during the week. I find the students thrive on postive responses from the teacher. Thank you so much for sharing.

Thanks so much for your kind comments. I think kids (and adults!) thrive on positive comments!

its really gud for teachers for making results

Thankyou:)

Thank you :)

good comments and very helpful for teachers

thank god i got a great comment for my children for third grade.

Thanks for such a good comments.God bless you

God bless you for these positive comments

Well done, please i will like to have collections of report writing comments

Thankyou, your inputs are of great help. It is always difficult to give feedback to any one postively.
I will share this site with my fellows at work....keep adding more and more

I didn't see any advice for comments on insane little wankers. Please help!

good comments

thank you for such positive comments.

I love all the positive comments. I will certainly use it. Thank you for sharing.

Thaks a lot. It's being a good resource to all the teachers

Thank you for these wonderful tips on writing comments in the report card. I have been teaching for the last ten years, and every time I sit to write reports I feel I'm stuck. So, thank you once again for sharing your

thank u very much it was a great help to me

You're welcome! Glad you found them useful. ~Genia

There are now a number of online tools that help expedite the report writing process. Primary teachers could try googling: reportbox or starreports. For secondary teachers: reportcommentbank, schoolreportwriter and reportastic are options. The one that gives me (a secondary teacher) the biggest time savings is reportomate.

These are great. Now if only they were translated into Spanish too!

These are great. Even after teaching all these years I still struggle to find just the right words.

Hi Ardnas,

Thanks for your comment. I'm working on my report card comments right now and I agree--finding just the right words can be a challenge at times. I made myself laugh earlier today when I came back to this post I wrote looking for a "just right" comment! Genia

Thanks for taking the time to put these together. Even after 30 years of teaching, I need new and exciting comments to encourage my students. Thanks - blessed teacher in Tennessee

Thanks so much for your comment. I'm with you--even after teaching ALOT of years I am always in search of new and exciting! Good luck with your report cards! Genia

Wonderful comments - thank you for taking the time to post them

My best advice for new teachers is to write your comments in Word and save them! Not only do they help you out in future years, it's like a walk down memory lane when you read older comments a few years down the road!

Thank you so much for sharing this information. Writing report card comments seems to be so challenging. I am super excited about this post.

Laura
TIPS: Teach, Inspire, and Prepare Students

I am going to share this with the new first-year teacher that I mentor. Thanks!

Thank you! This is so helpful, especially for new teachers.

I 'm a first year pre k teacher and my comments I left greatly mirror yours. Great to know I'm doing it right! :-)

That was very helpful. Thank you for posting this.

Thank you so much, this will be very helpfull.
I was looking for the link "collection of comments."

Hello! Thanks for your comment. You can get to the Collection of Comments three ways. At the very bottom, underneath the Save Your Comments heading, you can click on the link in the paragraph, the picture, or the text under the picture. I just checked all the links and they were working. Hope that helps!

These comments are wonderful. They are a huge help. I am laminating them and keeping them handy during report writing. Thanks!

Thanks so much. I'm glad they're helpful! Genia

Thank you, these comments are going to help me a lot ;)

these comment are wonderful and very helpful to new teachers.

I love these examples but do you have any that tactfully address areas that a child struggles with?

Hello! Near the bottom of the post, click on the link for "collection of comments." You will see actual examples of my comments that include areas children are struggling with including attention, late homework, writing, etc. I hope that helps!

Thank you for your wonderful resources. It's great to have a place to start.

You're welcome! I hope they're helpful to you! ~Genia

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