Sample of report card comments for grade school teachers, whether it’s kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, or even fifth grade, can come in super helpful when you are struggling for the right words to explain areas the need improvement, areas where the student is excelling, and help explaining the scores the student is getting.  No matter what you need, positive or negative, there’s sure to be some that will work out for you.  In this article, I’ll give you tons of examples that will work for various ages and grades in public school or private elementary school.  Here are some great options you can use as samples for report card comments.

Positive Comments

The following is a sampling of typical comments you could make on a student semester or mid-term report card for almost any grade, kindergarten through fifth.  Pick and choose the best ones that work for you.

Pleasure to have in class:  Sort of generic in nature, but it really does a nice job of showing the parent and student you appreciate having them around in class.

Exceeds expectations:  This should really only be used when the child is completing superior work and truly is exceeding the expectations set by the teacher.

Makes wise use of class time:  It can be used in a somewhat neutral manner, but for the most part, this speaks to the efficiency the child shows during class time in getting homework and assignments completed.

Shows sincere effort:  Again, this one can be used neutrally, but in the right context, it’s a positive comment you can leave for the student that really tries his best.  This can be used if the child is only getting average marks, great score, or even a failing grade.  It’s speaks highly of the student’s character.

Actively participates in discussions:  This is something most teachers love to see and the student should be complimented for their willingness to discuss the topics they are learning at school, whether they are in first grade, second grade, or even older.  This is a great trait for a student and should be commended.

Excellent social skills:  Socialization is a huge part of child development and doesn’t need to take a backseat to educational skills on the report card.  Many parents are concerned about this, so making a nice compliment to the student will set the parent’s mind at ease.  As a parent, this was always of equal importance to me.  I suspect most of your student’s parents will feel the same way.

Superior skills in ____:  Fill in the blank.  Is the student great at math, spelling, taking tests, history, or some other subject?  If so, give the boy or girl some props for their knowledge and skills.  Children that excel in subjects should be given props.

Negative Comments

Negative comments, which could probably be called improvement encouraging comments, are no less important that positive.  Painting a pretty picture when not warranted is not fair to the students or parents.  Listed are some examples of negative comments that are acceptable to leave on report cards for elementary school students.

Needs to improve:  It’s simple and to the point.  Be sure to include specific examples, when appropriate, so the student and parent fully understand.  Be prepared to back your comments at parent-teacher conferences.

Missing or late assignments:  It’s the easiest way to show the parent the child isn’t putting forth the effort or completing the tasks assigned.  This is one of the most appropriate negative comments to make that will encourage parent participation for improvement.

Makes poor use of class time:  Many students simply do not complete their work during school hours when time is allowed.    This leads to missing or late assignments and poor test scores or grades.  Don’t let this go unmentioned.

Low test scores:  Test anxiety or simple failure to prepare for things like spelling tests can be the culprit.  If the child does satisfactory work on assignments, but falls short on tests, it’s likely behavior that can be corrected with parent participation.

Disruptive behavior:  Behavioral issues are a part of grade school, regardless of age.  If the child’s behavior is disruptive, it’s important to address the issues with the parents and students on their report card.

Neutral Comments

Some comments can be very neutral in nature.  They can be used effectively and can have a meaning that goes beyond the words you use.  While some instructors may prefer specific positive and negative comments, neutral could be the way to go in some situations.

Showing improvement:  This one can be neutral.  It can be given to a child failing a subject, but is making ground and getting their grade up.  It’s something to consider when you are struggling for the best words to use.

Capable of improving:  It’s somewhat an improvement encouraging comment, but is pretty neutral by nature.  It shows the student is likely intelligent enough to complete the assigned work, but is falling a little short.  Use this one in only appropriate situations.

Satisfactory:  Generic and plain, but to the point.  It’s not anywhere near a compliment, but certainly isn’t negative at all by nature.  It can be used by any teacher to explain a student’s work habits, behavior, attention to detail, etc.   Use it when you feel you must, but attempt to find something a bit more explanatory when you can.

Age Appropriateness

Use common sense and consider the age of the student when you leave comments on their report card.  It’s important to remember that young student, especially those in kindergarten or younger, can be rather emotional.  Keep the remarks appropriate and make sure you can back the statements you make on the report card.

Encourage Parent Participation

It’s important to attempt to get the parents, grandparents, or guardians of the child to actively participate in the student’s education.  The result is generally a well-rounded child.  Some will certainly resist any attempts, but they should still be tried.

I hope you enjoyed some of these sample report card comments for kindergarten through fifth grade or older.