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 in 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.

### Positive Comments

In writing comments for elementary student report cards, use the following *positive phrases* regarding students' progress in math.

- Has a solid understanding of all math concepts taught so far this year.
- Is mastering math concepts easily.
- Chooses to work on challenging math problems.
- Has grasped the difficult concept of (adding/subtracting/long division/place value/fractions/decimals).
- Math is a favorite area of study for...
- Enjoys math manipulatives and can be found using them during free time.
- Seems to understand all math concepts.
- Particularly enjoys hands-on math activities.
- Continues to turn in superb math assignments.
- Displays exceptional problem solving and critical thinking skills in math.
- Is able to demonstrate and describe the process of addition of whole numbers up to...
- Is able to demonstrate place value concepts to give meaning to numbers 0 to...
- Understands place value and uses it to round numbers to the nearest...
- Uses data to create charts and graphs.
- Uses various strategies to solve one- and two-step word problems.

- Understands the relationship between addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division.
- Solves real-world mathematical problems involving...
- Has good numerical skills and can use them in a variety of contexts.
- Is able to apply steps of a problem-solving process with considerable effectiveness.
- Demonstrates a thorough understanding of all math concepts and communicates with considerable clarity and justification of reasoning.

### Needs Improvement Comments

On those occasions when you need to convey l*ess than positive* information on a students' report card regarding math, use the following phrases to assist you.

- Can understand concepts taught, but often makes careless mistakes.
- Needs to slow down and check his/her work carefully.
- Has difficulty with multiple-step math problems.
- Is able to follow mathematical processes, but has difficulty explaining how answers are derived.
- Has difficulty with math concepts that involve high-level problem-solving.
- Has difficulty understanding and solving word problems.
- Could benefit from attending after-school math help sessions.
- Needs to memorize his/her basic addition and subtraction facts.
- Math homework assignments are often handed in late or incomplete.
- Has difficulty with math concepts that involve high-level problem-solving.
- Seems to show no interest in our math program.
- Is able to follow mathematical processes, but has difficulty explaining how answers are derived.
- Lacks basic math skills.
- Requires more time and practice in calculating addition and subtraction facts.
- Requires more time and practice in calculating multiplication and division facts.
- Needs to put much more effort into learning to calculate addition and subtraction facts.

- Needs to put much more effort into learning to calculate multiplication and division facts.
- Needs practice with completing word problems.
- Needs considerable adult assistance to be able to complete word problems.
- Demonstrates a limited understanding of comparing numbers to...

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