Every parent wants to know how their child is doing at school. End of year report card comments is valuable insights on how the teacher assessed the child for that year. These card comments tell parents, and students, about their performances, accomplishments, and required improvements.
Teachers know the value of report card comments, and they don’t take writing it lightly. Despite knowing how important report card comments are, few teachers look forward to writing it.
We’ve created a list of ideas for comments that teachers can use as inspiration and adapt for each student.
How To Make It Easier To Write Card Comments
Often writing report card comments are at the bottom of the end-of-year to-do-list. There are so many other things that need to happen at the same time, and good report card comments take time to write. It’s not something that can be rushed.
By making notes throughout the year, the teacher will have ready-to-use data to draw from. These notes help to remember specific achievements or memorable things the student did or said.
Create a databank of comment ideas that you can adapt for a specific student. A list of comment ideas may inspire and help to say similar things differently.
Begin with the card comments of students that you know what to write. Writing the easy comments first starts the process and makes it easier to continue.
If stuck, create a list of adjectives that describe the student. Then use these words to write the report card comments.
Points To Remember When Writing Report Card Comments
Before you start, make sure you are familiar with the school’s rules regarding writing report card comments. Does the school prefer a personalized comment, or do they use general comments?
If left to the last minute, errors could occur. Write the comments with enough time available to proofread for any grammatical or spelling errors. Proofreading also helps to make sure the comment says what the teacher meant to say and that it is clearly understood by the reader. Make sure the student’s name is spelled correctly and that letters in words weren’t interchanged like “ot” instead of “to.”
Here is a checklist of things to look out for when creating comments.
- Always write the truth.
- Be specific.
- Write clear, simple, and concise.
- Avoid educational jargon and terms.
- Use synonyms instead of repeating the same words.
- Write sentences of different lengths.
Generally, comments should be in line with the student’s grades. The comments should be in context to the rest of the assessment. Explaining the student’s grade may be helpful to the parents to know why the child did so well, improved or why they underachieved.
100 Report Card Comment Ideas
Report card comments includes the student’s best achievements, strengths or attributes; their areas of success; and where they need improvement.
Card Comments on Student’s Strengths, Achievements or Attributes
- I enjoyed having _____ in my class
- It was wonderful to have ___ in my class
- It was a pleasure to have ____ in my class. He/she positively contributed to group activities
- It was wonderful to have ___’s enthusiasm in the class
- ____ helped make the year a pleasant one
- ____ is a pleasant addition to any class with his/her friendly and cooperative attitude
- ____has a pleasant personality and makes friends easily
- ____ is friendly and sincere
- ____’s friendly and fair manner makes him//her good at mediating conflict
- ____’s friendly and polite manner made him/her a popular member of the __ grade.
- ____ is eager to help and mentor classmates
- ____is willing to help
- ____volunteers regularly
- ____ is anxious to please
- ____ showed a willingness to learn with an enthusiastic and positive attitude
- ____ works well in a group
- ____ showed appreciation for the contribution and efforts of classmates
- ____ comfortably takes a leadership role and works well in a team
- ____ effectively makes and receive suggestions in group activities
- ____ has a positive attitude toward classmates
- ____ looks for ways to be helpful in the classroom
- ____ comprehends quickly
- ____ enthusiastically participates in
- ____ is focused in class and eagerly participates
- ____ is willing to participate in the class and group discussion
- ____has improved steadily throughout the year
- ____ accepts responsibility and owns up to his/her mistakes
- ____’s work habits improved greatly
- ____ is ready to accept more responsibility
- ____ has a positive attitude in improving
- ____ has earned a fine report card
- ____ progressed consistently
- ____ pays attention in class and follows directions carefully
- ____ listens and follows instructions well
- ____ listens attentively, wants to learn, and tries to avoid distractions
- ____ listens attentively and follows instructions accurately
- ____learned to listen better and paying attention in class
- ____ participates actively in classroom discussions. He/she has matured so much this year and now eagerly raises his/hands
- ____ follows directions precisely
- ____ responsible and accountable for his/her actions. He/she admits mistakes and is eager to improve. He/she listens to suggestions on how to improve.
- ____ communicates maturely with classmates
- ____ uses his/her time wisely and finishes assignments on time
- ____ expresses ideas clearly
- ____ exhibits organizational skills
- ____ does neat and thorough work
- ____ is a willing worker who takes a keen interest in all his/her work
- ____ has great potential and diligently works toward achieving his/her goals
- ____ is a conscientious worker
- ____ demonstrates leadership skills
- ____ performs well in everything he/she undertakes
- ____ is a hard worker and performed solidly this year with growth in
- ____ matured nicely this year, academically and socially
- ____ demonstrates maturity in solving problems and challenging situations
- ____ has grown in so many ways this year and worked hard to meet
- ____ manages emotions maturely with appropriate responses to feedback
- ____ has matured nicely and is no longer so shy but participates enthusiastically and easily in social situations
- ____ has done wonderfully in overcoming challenges this year. Thank you for your help and cooperation in supporting him/her
- Thank you for your assistance at home with _________
- Thank you for the help I know you have given him/her
- Thank you for your cooperation
Report Card Comments on Negative Traits and Improvement Needed
Writing the truth isn’t always that easy. Here are card comments ideas to write negative traits or achievements positively.
- ____ could benefit from
- ____ could benefit from reading more/many library books
- ___ needs help with organizational skills, such as
- ___ could benefit from improving his/her work habits such as
- ___ needs repetition to retain information
- ___ would benefit from improving self-control skills
- Please continue this summer with as many reading experiences as possible
- ___ has done well in facing challenges this year. Please continue to encourage this behavior over the summer
- ___ needs to listen more attentively during lessons and group sharing times
- ___ needs frequent reminders to be attentive during
- ___ needs to be more attentive during
- ___ would benefit from contributing and participating more actively in class
- ___ would benefit from cooperating more in group activities. He/she could work on how to listen to others and voicing his/her opinions
- ___ would benefit from working more independently and asking assistance only when needed.
- ____ needs to improve using time wisely when completing assignments
- ____ needs more practice in completing assignments on time
- ____ grasps difficult concepts but needs to work faster
- ____ is encouraged to be responsible in
- ____ would benefit from practicing ____ this summer. His/her eagerness to do the right thing will help him/her to improve in
- ____ is encouraged to focus more on completing work within the time frame.
- ____ would benefit more in engaging in the learning process with improved quality of work and using time wisely
- ____ needs to work on increasing his/her speed in completing tasks
- ____ has shown improvement in ____ He/she will benefit more by practicing these skills during the summer
- ___ sometimes takes too long in completing assignments. With additional practice to working faster, he/she will accomplish even more
- ___ needs to develop a more mature sense of responsibility
- ____ will benefit if he/she improves his/her work habits
- ____needs to listen more attentively to directions
- ____ has difficulty in retaining
- ____ needs more practice to complete
- ____ will benefit if he/she is more consistent in his/her efforts, especially in
- ____ needs to finish assignments
- ____ will benefit from practicing his/her handwriting
- ____ needs the motivation to complete tasks
- ____ does not work according to his/her ability
- ____ needs to proofread his/her work before handing in assignments
- ____’s assignments aren’t neat
- ____ needs to spend more time on assignments
- ____ needs to learn to be less sensitive about
- ____ needs to learn to listen and wait until someone has finished talking and not interrupt them
- ___ will benefit from applying his/her skills to all work, especially