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20+ Fresh Ideas for Report Card Comments

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Written by: Mary Kate Bolinder

“I’m writing student report card comments and I’m stuck! Help!”

“I need to write 30 individual report card comments and I have no idea where to begin…”

“What can I say on the report card so parents will understand their child’s skills?”

“How do I write a report card comment that is polite, but straightforward?”

“This is what I really want to write in the report card comments…”

Tips for writing report card comments is one of the most popular requests in our active and inspiring Facebook Community. Our Lucky Classroom Teachers have provided us with a boatload of helpful and heartfelt report card comment ideas to help you get started.

Writing report card comments shouldn’t be a headache. It is an opportunity to give more detail and insight into students’ abilities and needs. When personalized, your comments are a brief summary to help parents understand their child’s progress and performance in the classroom. If needed, the comments can be expanded upon during teacher conferences.

Here are more tips on communicating with families.

20+ fresh ideas for report card comments that will build a foundation for constructive communication with students and families

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Report Card Commenting Tips

Use the Rule of 3

Keep the rule of 3 in mind:

  1. Name student strengths (academic and character)
  2. Identify areas to support (academic and behavioral)
  3. Set a goal for the next report card period (academic and behavioral)

Craft a Compliment Sandwich!

the compliment sandwich is a technique to ensure that parent teacher conversations are constructive and positive

Have you heard of the compliment sandwich? This is a tool that teachers can use during conferences. It can be applied to report card comments as well! Begin the comment with a compliment or kind story about the student. Then, identify an area that needs improvement. Finally, finish with a compliment! Ending on a positive note will help keep your home and school relationships on track.

20+ Suggestions From Teachers

Thank you to our awesome group of teachers in our Facebook Community for sharing their favorite positive report card comments. Which comments would you add to this list?

  • Shows resiliency.
  • Great ability to adapt.
  • Eager to learn.
  • Willing to try new things
  • Displays patience.
  • Takes risks.
  • Dedicated to learning.
  • Shows great effort.
  • Tries hard.
  • A good friend.
  • Dependable.
  • Kind hearted.
  • Willing to help others
  • Great communicator.
  • Shows great self-control.
  • Strong command of standards.
  • Able to demonstrate mastery in a variety of ways.
  • Quick thinker.
  • Deep thinker.
  • Responds with kindness.
  • Handles adversity well.

AI for the WIN!!

It’s the 21st Century and there are tools to help our tired teacher brains with writer’s block. Have you tried ChatGPT yet? From report card comments to word problems to IEP goals.. ChatGPT will help you get unstuck! Check out this post for ideas about how teachers can benefit from this tool!

Books Teachers Love!

Looking for more ideas for report card comments? These books are highly recommended by teachers in our 2nd Grade Facebook Community. Have you used any of these books? Tell us in the comments below!

Parent Teacher Conference Forms

Get prepared with these parent-teacher conference forms.  This freebie includes a student evaluation form, pre-conference questionnaire for the parents, conference folder sheets, and conference summary printables.  You can download these parent-teacher conference forms on All Access.

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20+ fresh ideas for report card comments that will build a foundation for constructive communication with students and families


  1. Jane

    Thank you for including these fresh ideas

  2. Katie

    I tried to download the conference freebie but for some reason it is saying I don’t have access to the file.

    Help please.

    • Jess Dalrymple

      Hello Katie, I am so sorry you’re unable to access the free file! We verified that the link is accessible by anyone with the link. Try again HERE. If it still does not allow you to access, make sure you are not logged into Google with a school email. Sometimes school district emails block access to outside organizations.


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