Strong Report Card Comments for Language Arts

A Collection of Comments Regarding Students' Progress in 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 complied list of Language Arts report card comments to help you complete your report card.

Positive Comments

Use the following phrases to make positive comments regarding students’ progress in Language Arts.

• Is an eager reader during silent reading time

• Is making good use of our classroom library

• Is using text and pictures to predict and confirm

• Elects to read or look at books during “free” time

• Chooses to write during “free” time

• Is eager to take home books from our classroom library

• Is eager to share his or her written work with the whole class

• Is able to analyze character(s) actions

• Is able to analyze story plots

• Is able to compare books to others by same author

• Has many interesting story ideas

• Has well-developed characters in his or her stories

• Appears to have a good attitude about books

• Is making good progress recognizing high-frequency words

• Oral reports demonstrate knowledge and research skills

• Confidence and competence are increasing in...

• Is using approximations for spelling, which is very appropriate at this time

• Is beginning to use beginning and ending sounds to identify words

• Is beginning to use vowel sounds in writing words

• Is spelling many difficult words

• Is making good use of correct grammar

• Handwriting is very legible

• Handwriting is very easy to read

• Makes an effort to make his or her handwriting legible

• Is a major contributor at our brainstorming sessions

• Listens as well as shares during our classroom discussions

• Communicates with accuracy

• Compares and contrasts similar and dissimilar things

• Is choosing suitably challenging reading material

• Is able to retell stories in correct sequence

• Is reading with expression

• Is working on the editing process

• Is able to self-correct

Needs Improvement

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

• Unable to predict story outcomes with confidence

• Is having a lot of difficulty with high-frequency words

• Is not using 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

• Is having trouble with recognizing letters of the alphabet

• Is just beginning to associate sounds with letters

• Has trouble sitting while listening to a story

• Is reluctant to speak in front of the group or whole class

• Is capable but not willing to write or speak in front of class

• Showing some attention to print, but mostly making up meanings from pictures

• Is having trouble with recognizing letters of the alphabet

• Is just beginning to associate sounds with letters

• Has trouble sitting while listening to a story

• Is reluctant to speak in front of the group

• Is easily discouraged when...

• Has a limited vocabulary

• Doesn’t seem to enjoy books or stories to read

• Lacks a good sight vocabulary

• Speech development may be hindering correct spelling

• Is hesitant to read his or her stories to the class

• Wants to talk instead of listening to others share their ideas

• Still making many reversals of letters, words, and phrases

These are just a few of the ways that you can comment on a student's report card. Here are 50 general report card comments, a simple guide on how to grade elementary students, as well as how to assess students with a student portfolio to help further your research.