Strong Report Card Comments for Language Arts

A Collection of Comments Regarding Students' Progress in Middle School

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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 has to work on in the future.

It can be 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.

Positive Comments

Use the following phrases to make positive comments regarding students’ progress in language arts.

  • Reads eagerly during silent time
  • Makes good use of our classroom library
  • Uses text and pictures to predict and confirm
  • Elects to read or look at books during free time
  • Chooses to write during classroom free time
  • Takes home books from our classroom library
  • Shares his written work with the whole class
  • Analyzes characters' actions
  • Analyzes story plots
  • Compares books to others by the same author
  • Has many interesting story ideas
  • Has well-developed characters in her stories
  • Has a good attitude about books
  • Recognizes high-frequency words
  • Produces oral reports that demonstrate knowledge and research skills
  • Shows increasing confidence and competence in...
  • Uses approximations for spelling, which is very appropriate at this time
  • Uses beginning and ending sounds to identify words
  • Spells many difficult words
  • Uses correct grammar
  • Writes legibly
  • Works to make her handwriting legible
  • Contributes at our brainstorming sessions
  • Listens as well as shares during classroom discussions
  • Communicates with accuracy
  • Compares and contrasts similar and dissimilar ideas
  • Chooses suitably challenging reading material
  • Retells stories in correct sequence
  • Reads with expression
  • Works on the editing process
  • Self-corrects

Needs Improvement

On those occasions when you need to convey less-than-positive information on a report card, use the following phrases.

  • Cannot predict story outcomes with confidence
  • Has difficulty with high-frequency words
  • Does not use our classroom library
  • Does not choose books or writing as an activity for free time
  • Does not edit work carefully
  • Unwilling to rewrite or make changes in written work
  • Has trouble sitting while listening to a story
  • Reluctant to speak in front of the group or whole class
  • Shows some attention to print, but mostly makes up meanings from pictures
  • Has trouble sitting while listening to a story
  • Reluctant to speak in front of the group
  • Gets discouraged when...
  • Has a limited vocabulary
  • Doesn’t seem to enjoy books or stories to read
  • Lacks sight vocabulary
  • Speech development may be hindering correct spelling
  • Hesistant to read stories to the class
  • Wants to talk instead of listen to others share their ideas
  • Still making many reversals of letters, words, and phrases