200 Report Card Comments

Constructive Feedback for Elementary School Report Cards

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Are you having a hard time trying to come up with unique and thoughtful comments on report cards? Thinking of constructive and insightful comments is not easy, and it takes a lot of effort. It's important to write a descriptive phrase or comment that reflects each student's progress since the beginning of the marking period. It is always best to start with a positive comment, then you can follow it with a negative or "what to work on" comment.

Use the following resources to help you write positive, as well as constructive report card comments that give parents an accurate picture of each students' progress and growth. Here you"ll find general phrases and comments, as well as comments for language arts, math, science, and social studies.

General Report Card Comments

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You've completed the daunting task of grading your elementary students, now it's time to think of unique report card comments for each student in your class. Use the following phrases and statements to help you tailor your comments for each specific student. Remember to try and provide specific comments whenever you can. You can tweak any of the phrases below to indicate a need for improvement by adding the word "needs to."

For a more positive spin on a negative comment, list it under goals to work on. For example, if the student rushes through their work, a phrase like, "always does the best work without rushing and having to be the first one finished," can be used under the section, "goals to work on."

Report Card Comments for Language Arts

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 A comment on a report card is meant to provide additional information about the student's progress and level of achievement. It should give the parent or guardian a clear picture of what the student has accomplished, as well as what he/she has to work on in the future. It's hard to think of a unique comment to write on each students' report card.

To help you find the right words, use this compiled list of Language Arts report card comments to help you complete your report card. Use the following phrases to make positive comments regarding students’ progress in Language Arts.

Report Card Comments for Math

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Thinking of unique comments and phrases to write on a student's report card is hard enough, but to have to comment on math? Well, that just sounds daunting! There are so many different aspects of math to comment upon that it may get a bit overwhelming. Use the following phrases to assist you in writing out your report card comments for math. 

Report Card Comments for Science

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Report cards provide parents and guardians with essential information regarding their child's progress in school. Besides a letter grade, parents are given a brief descriptive comment that elaborates the student's strengths or what the student needs to improve upon. Finding the exact words to describe a meaningful comment takes effort. It's important to state a student's strength then follow it with a concern. Here are a few examples of positive phrases to use for science, as well as examples to use when concerns are evident. 

Report Card Comments for Social Studies

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 Creating a strong report card comment is not an easy feat. Teachers must find the appropriate phrase that suites that particular students’ progress thus far. It's always best to begin on a positive note, then you can go into what the student needs to work on. To help assist in writing out your report card comments for social studies use the following phrases.

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