Comment Ideas for Report Cards & Progress Reports

When Teachnet Contributor, Chantal Latour, sat down to personalize her students’ report cards, something was missing. The list of report card comments that used as starters and had spent years compiling was gone.

Chantal explained her situation to the members of the Teacher-2-Teacher forum and was overwhelmed with responses. Nearly 300 adjectives and phrases are available here for your use.

As one contributor points out, remember: “My main advice about report card comments is to tell the truth.”

  1. Is a good citizen
  2. Is learning to share and listen.
  3. Is becoming more dependable during work periods.
  4. Is developing a better attitude toward ___ grade.
  5. Is showing interest and enthusiasm for the things we do.
  6. Is learning to occupy his time constructively.
  7. Wants responsibilities and follows through.
  8. Can be very helpful and dependable in the classroom.
  9. Always uses her time wisely.
  10. Has strengthened her skills in ___.
  11. Has great potential and works toward achieving it.
  12. Working to full capability.
  13. Is strong in _____.
  14. Is learning to be a better listener.
  15. Is learning to be careful, cooperative, and fair.
  16. Is continuing to grow in independence.
  17. Enthusiastic about participating.
  18. Gaining more self-confidence.
  19. Has a pleasant personality.
  20. Has earned a very fine report card.
  21. Has improved steadily.
  22. Is learning to listen to directions more carefully.
  23. Now accepts responsiblity well.
  24. _____’s work habits are improving.
  25. Has been consitently progressing.
  26. Has shown a good attitude about trying to improve in ___.
  27. The following suggestions might improve his ____.
  28. I am hoping this recent interest and improvement will continue.
  29. Seems eager to improve.
  30. Has shown strong growth in ____.
  31. Is cooperative and happy.
  32. Volunteers often.
  33. Is willing to take part in all classroom activities.
  34. Works well with her neighbors.
  35. _____’s attitude toward school is excellent.
  36. Has the ability to follow directions.
  37. Hand work is beautifully done.
  38. Learns new vocabulary quickly.
  39. Has a sense of humor and enjoys the stories we read.
  40. Is a steadfast, conscientious worker.
  41. Is very helpful about clean-up work around the room.
  42. Anxious to please.
  43. Brings fine contributions.
  44. Has a pleasant disposition.
  45. Works well.
  46. Is hard-working.
  47. Is pleasant and friendly.
  48. Needs to increase speed and comprehension in reading.
  49. Needs to apply skills to all written work.
  50. Gets along well with other children.
  51. Your constant cooperation and help are appreciated.
  52. Has shown an encouraging desire to better herself in ___.
  53. Making steady progress academically.
  54. Quality of work is improving.
  55. Responds well.
  56. Is maintaining grade-level achievements.
  57. Works well in groups, planning and carrying out activities.
  58. Seems to be more aware of activities in the classroom.
  59. Takes an active part in discussions pertinent to ___.
  60. Accepts responsiblity.
  61. Extremely conscientious.
  62. Bubbles over with enthusiasm.
  63. Has a sense of humor we all enjoy.
  64. Has an excellent attitude.
  65. Work in the areas of ____ has been extremely good.
  66. Is an enthusiastic worker during the ____ period.
  67. Needs to work democratically with others in groups.
  68. Possible for ___ to exceed grade expectations.
  69. Grasps new ideas readily.
  70. Needs to develop a better sense of responsiblity.
  71. Enthusiasitic about work in general.
  72. Performs well in everthing he undertakes.
  73. Unusually mature.
  74. Seeks information.
  75. Mature vocabulary.
  76. Doing strong work in all areas.
  77. Is a clear thinker.
  78. Excels in writing original stories and poems.
  79. Is a good student who appears to be a deep thinker.
  80. Reads extensively.
  81. Has good organization of thoughts.
  82. Has a vast background knowledge of ___.
  83. Is a very fine and serious student and excels in ___.
  84. Rate of achievement makes it difficult for ___ to keep up with the class.
  85. Must improve work habits if ___ is to gain the fundamentals needed for ___ grade work.
  86. _____’s academic success leaves much to be desired.
  87. Handwriting needs to be improved.
  88. Cooperative, well mannered.
  89. Is a very happy, well-adjusted child, but ___.
  90. Makes friends quickly and is well liked by classmates.
  91. Cries easily.
  92. Good worker and attentive listener.
  93. Good adjustment.
  94. Good attitude.
  95. Capable of achieving a higher average in areas of ____.
  96. Has difficulty retaining process of addition, etc.
  97. Is inconsistent in his efforts, especially in ___.
  98. Sacrificing accuracy for unnecessary speed in his written work.
  99. Needs to listen to directions.
  100. Never completes assignments in the allotted time.
  101. Fails to finish independent assignments.
  102. Would improve if he developed a greater interest in ___.
  103. Comprehends well, but needs to work more quickly.
  104. Needs to be urged.
  105. Can follow directions.
  106. Enjoys listening to poetry.
  107. Enjoys listening to stories.
  108. Listens carefully.
  109. Evaluates what he/she hears
  110. Phonics – (is able to distinguish, has difficulty distinguishing) sounds in words
  111. Now knows and is able to use _____ consonant and vowel sounds
  112. Confuses the sounds ___ and ___
  113. Is able to blend short words using the vowel(s) _____ with /without assistance
  114. Is learning to attack words independently
  115. Uses the phonics skills to attack new words
  116. Reading is (smooth, jerky, hesitant, rapid, irregular, or fluent)
  117. Comprehends what he/she reads
  118. Is interested in books and reading
  119. Can read to follow directions
  120. Can now recognize ____ sight words
  121. Reads for pleasure
  122. Needs lots of repetition and practice in order to retain reading vocabulary
  123. Is still confusing words which look alike
  124. Is beginning to read words in groups (phrases)
  125. Reading is becoming (not yet becoming) automatic
  126. Enjoys discussing the stories
  127. Has had difficulty with learning ______ so in the coming term we will focus on ______.
  128. Speaks in good sentences
  129. Speaks clearly
  130. Has difficulty using (pronouns, verbs) correctly
  131. Enjoys dramatization
  132. Enjoys participation in conversation and discussion
  133. Expresses ideas clearly
  134. Has a good oral vocabulary
  135. Takes turns talking
  136. Speaks with confidence to the group
  137. Uses punctuation correctly
  138. Is able to place periods and question marks correctly
  139. Uses colorful words
  140. Uses (complex, simple) sentences
  141. Is now able to write a complete sentence independently
  142. Participates in group story telling (composition)
  143. Can write an original story of (one or two sentences, of a few sentences)
  144. Puts words in the appropriate order
  145. Is able to read his sentences back
  146. Shows self confidence in writing
  147. Can compose several related sentences
  148. Is building a good spelling vocabulary
  149. Uses his individual dictionary to find unfamiliar words
  150. Enjoys learning to spell new words
  151. Is able to learn to spell words easily
  152. Sometimes reverses letters in a word
  153. Has difficulty remembering the spelling of non-phonetic words
  154. Is helped by using hand or body motions to remember spelling
  155. When printing, often reverses letters, such as __, __, etc.
  156. Has good (poor) fine-motor skills
  157. Is able to print on the lines
  158. Spaces letters and words correctly
  159. Some printing is excellent but is often untidy in daily assignments
  160. Enjoys doing neat careful work
  161. Can work with numbers up to ___ with understanding
  162. Understands the signs +, -, = and uses them to make number statements
  163. Understands and uses basic facts of addition and subtraction to ____
  164. Reverses some numbers still
  165. Understands place value up to _____
  166. Can use manipulatives to add and subtract
  167. Can use manipulatives to show place value to _____
  168. Understands money (pennies, dimes, nickels)
  169. Relies heavily on concrete objects
  170. Knows the basic shapes
  171. Can count to ______
  172. Is able to create graphs using simple data
  173. Understands several methods of graphing
  174. Is beginning to memorize the number facts
  175. Is friendly and cooperative
  176. Cooperates well
  177. Helps others
  178. Has a sense of humor
  179. Has a good attitude towards school
  180. Is working well in all subjects
  181. Lacks independence / Is gaining independence
  182. Is too easily distracted
  183. Is becoming more self-reliant
  184. Is an attentive student
  185. All work is neatly and accurately done
  186. Is a polite conscientious pupil
  187. Is working above grade level in _________.
  188. Works too slowly
  189. Does not complete assignments in the allotted time
  190. Seems unable to finish required work
  191. Does colorful and interesting art work
  192. Is especially good at ______
  193. Requires too much supervision.
  194. Please encourage him to do things on his own.
  195. Should be encouraged to _____
  196. Needs frequent encouragement
  197. Is maturing
  198. Is learning to concentrate
  199. Is learning to listen carefully
  200. Is gaining self-confidence
  201. Often completes work early
  202. Is very thoughtful
  203. Takes pride in work well done
  204. Is eager to learn
  205. Makes little effort when not under direct supervision
  206. Often seems tired at school
  207. Is not very appreciative of the value of ( time, courtesy, sharing, neatness, accuracy)
  208. Shows initiative; thinks things through for himself/herself
  209. If a child is having difficulty – say so! Say what you have tried already to help him/her, and what you are going to do differently in the term to come to help the child.
  210. Never say the child is having problems without giving a possible solution you are going to try and what has already been tried.
  211. This shows you are doing everything in your power to change the situation.
  212. _____ has matured nicely this year, academically and socially.
  213. He/She assumes responsibility well and has a find attitude.
  214. He/She still needs strengthening in the concept of long division.
  215. Thanks for the help I know you have given her.
  216. There has been a noticeable improvement in _____’s study habits this reporting period, which is very encouraging.
  217. Please continue during the summer with ___________ review and as many reading experiences as possible.
  218. ___________ would benefit from reading many library books this summer.
  219. He needs to improve his reading speed and comprehension if he is to have success in the ________ grade.
  220. If ___________ will put forth in the future the effort he has shown in the past two reporting periods, he will receive a great deal from his schooling.
  221. With __________’s ability to apply herself to each task, she should receive much satisfaction from her school experiences.
  222. _____________ continued to blossom as the year progressed.
  223. _______________’s oral reading is very expressive and her oral reporting is excellent.
  224. Thank you for your interest in _____________’s attitude.
  225. Although he has had some difficulty adjusting to our room and various duties, he usually tries to cooperate.
  226. _____________ has had some problems adjusting to our room, as you know from my reports to you.
  227. Many of her difficulties occur on the playground and she then carries a poor attitude in the classroom.
  228. This hurts her academically.
  229. She is capable of much better work.
  230. I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet you this year.
  231. __________has made nice progress this reporting period.
  232. He is maturing nicely and I hope this continues.
  233. Although _____________’s growth in social maturity is continuing, it is not consistent.
  234. She still needs guidance and support from both you and me.
  235. Thanks for your cooperation.
  236. _____________ is a wonderful girl and I’m happy to have had her in my room.
  237. she has made many fine contributions to our class and is an inspiration to her classmates.
  238. With ____’s friendly, cooperative attitude, she will always be a pleasant addition to any class.
  239. I have enjoyed the association I have had _____________.
  240. His friendly, sincere way has made him a very popular member of the ___ grade.
  241. Regardless of how busy _________ is, he still has time to do something nice for someone. For this reason, he is one of the best-liked members of my class.
  242. I enjoyed having _____________ in my class.
  243. She is a sweet and cooperative child.
  244. _____________ is a pleasant, conscientious student.
  245. He is self-confident and has excellent manners.
  246. It has been a pleasure to have him in my class.
  247. I enjoyed having _____________ in my room.
  248. She assumes responsibility well, excels on the playground and is well liked by her peers.
  249. She’s helped to make my year a pleasant one.
  250. She is a big help in seeing that our room looks clean and pleasant.
  251. She has been most cooperative and only needs strengthening in social studies skills to bring her up to ____ grade level.
  252. ___________ is a fine citizen and takes a keen interest in school.
  253. I hope you enjoy your new home!
  254. __________ takes a keen interest in all work and is most agreeable and a willing worker. It has been wonderful having her in my room.
  255. Exhibits excellent attitude
  256. Possesses good self discipline
  257. Respectful of others
  258. Works independently on assignments
  259. Exhibits creativity
  260. Does good work
  261. Always cooperative
  262. Classroom attitude shows improvement
  263. Pleasant student to work with
  264. Quality of work has improved
  265. Hard worker
  266. Participates well in class
  267. A pleasure to have around
  268. Experiences difficulty following directions-when unsure needs to ask for questions
  269. Needs to actively participate in classroom discussion
  270. Needs better study skills
  271. Requires incentives
  272. Low quiz/test scores
  273. Assignments/Homework incomplete/late
  274. Needs to pay attention in class
  275. Disruptive in class
  276. Needs to improve classroom attitude
  277. Excessive tardiness
  278. Excessive absences
  279. Failure to turn in make up work
  280. A conference is requested
  281. This subject modified/ leveled according to ability
  282. Does not work up to his/her ability
  283. Student will be retained in current grade next year. Please contact the school to arrange a conference.
  284. Subject has been taught but no grade issued
  285. Makes careless errors
  286. Difficulty understanding the material
  287. Does not know math facts well
  288. Interrupts others
  289. Gets upset easily
  290. Work is not neat
  291. Disorganized
  292. Needs to proofread work
  293. Does not form letters correctly
  294. Assignments are not neat
  295. Excessive talking
  296. Needs to spend time on task
  297. Does not put enough time into assignment
  298. Needs to improve self discipline
  299. Needs to improve respect for others

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