The due date is quickly approaching, and your final report card comments have yet to be submitted.

Bummer! 

I don’t know about you, but for me, I absolutely dread drafting report card comments, even when I feel like I know exactly what I need to say. 

During my teaching years, I saved all of my final report card comments within a digital file and reused them often – only tweaking each comment to fit the most appropriate narrative that I was trying to communicate with students’ guardians. 

So take advantage of my swipe file! I think you’ll find these end-of-year, narrative-style report card comments helpful.

Keep in mind that these final report card comments focus on elementary students in grades 2-5.

Note: I’ve divided these sample end-of-year comments into high-performing, performing on grade level, and low-performing.

However, I still recommend that you read through all of them because you’ll get ideas from each one.

Okay…

Let’s dig into it…

Final Report Card Narrative Comments

High-Performing

Sample 1

I love that X takes her work seriously. She aims for perfection yet takes risks. Her diligence and persistence are impressive. X goes the extra mile with her work, and it doesn’t go unnoticed. She is always prepared for class with all needed materials, and her work and study habits are superb. It is evident that X has a deep motivation and enthusiasm for learning. X has excelled beyond grade level expectations this school year. She is especially enthusiastic about (and talented in) science. I have no doubt that X will meet the expectations of the upcoming grade level. It has been a pleasure to have X in my class, and I wish her continued success.

Sample 2

It has been a pleasure to teach X. She is motivated, dedicated, and never gives less than her best effort. During the second semester, X continued to progress very well in all subject areas, especially reading.  Referencing the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), ______ is reading at level ______ . This means she has progressed extremely well in reading comprehension. All the best to X in (insert grade level).

Sample 3

X is a funny, delightful student who enjoys school and learning. He likes to help others and works well within a group. Throughout the school year, I noticed X’s continued growth weekly as he improved in taking his time with assignments and revising his work. X also applied constructive criticism well, and because of that, he is finishing the school year performing above grade level in math, reading, and spelling. This is Amazing! I recommend that he maintains his good work habits so that he crushes all expectations in 4th grade. All the best!

Sample 4

X had a wonderful second semester. She has grown in so many ways academically; her progress is incredible! It is clear that X is a very happy child, works well with others, and 100% dedicated to her work. It has been an honor to be her teacher plus witness her explosive progress in math and reading. Kudos to a job well-done X, and I am confident that you will tackle all objectives that lie ahead in (insert grade level). 

Performing On Grade Level

Sample 5

X has really come out of his shell, and that makes me proud. He talks much more with his peers, and he is very confident in his work, especially math and science in which he demonstrates high performance. X has great work and study habits, and it has been a pleasure to be his teacher. This school year, X mastered (insert any specific skill).  I am especially impressed with his steady progress in (insert any skill/strategy). Please continue to reinforce (insert any needed skill).  I am excited to see all the amazing work X will continue to produce in (insert grade level).

Sample 6

There is never a dull moment in the class when X is around. He’s funny yet knows his boundaries. This school year, X progressed well in (insert any subject/skill).  Please continue to reinforce (insert any needed skill).  I look forward to the great work that X will do in (insert grade level). I wish him the best of luck!

Sample 7

X is full of happiness and laughter. She is studious, dedicated, and works well with her peers. It has truly been a pleasure to teach X! According to Fountas and Pinnell, _______ reads at an “Independent Level”. This means that grade level books are “just right” for her. This is a huge improvement from the beginning of the year when she was reading at a “Frustrational Level”. Awesome progress!  With continued accommodations in reading and math, X will do well in (insert grade level). I wish her the very best!

Sample 8

X is kind, humorous, collaborative, and full of enthusiasm. She has good work and study habits and gets along with her peers. This school year, X progressed well in (insert any subject/skill).  Please continue to reinforce (insert any needed skill).  According to Fountas and Pinnell, _______ reads at an “Instructional Level”. This means that grade level books are challenging but manageable for _______.  She reads them around a 90% word accuracy. I am confident that X will keep up the good work in (insert grade level). I wish her all the best!

Low-Performing

Sample 9

X is a gentle spirit who brings a positive energy to the classroom. She is kind, hard-working, confident, and independent. She gets along well with others and is a team player. It has been a pleasure to teach X; her persistence and work ethic have been well-noted. This school year, X progressed well in (insert any subject/skill).  Please continue to reinforce (insert any needed skill).  I am confident that X will keep up the great work in (insert grade level). I wish her all the best!

Sample 10

X is a quiet, sweet boy. Throughout the school year, he collaborated well with his peers and is a good listener. His work and study habits are good. Towards the beginning of the school year, X had several absences that affected his work performance.  However, his work improved significantly once his attendance became regular. Furthermore, he progressed at grade level expectations in all of his core subject areas. I am proud of X, and it has been a pleasure to teach him. I wish him all the best in (insert grade level).

Sample 11

X is full of life and has a big personality. Her positive attitude about her learning, work, and school in general is contagious. I have been very delighted to be X’s teacher. X has good work and study habits and works well with her peers. I want to note that X’s accommodations of extended time and pre-teaching vocabulary served her well this school year. These accommodations along with the one-on-one weekly learning support that she received attributed greatly to her academic success this school year. I wish X all the best in (insert grade level).

Sample 12

X is a happy, energetic child. She loves working with others, lending a hand when needed. X has good work and study habits, and it has been a joy to watch her progress so positively month-to-month. This school year, X progressed well in (insert any subject/skill).  Please continue to reinforce (insert any needed skill).  I am confident that X will keep up the great work in (insert grade level). X has been a joy to teach.  

Sample 13

X had a great first year at [school name]. She appears to have assimilated well to her new friends, classroom, and teacher. X is kind, a good listener and always aspires to do her very best work in everything. Though she does struggle to grasp the material when working independently, this school year, X progressed well in (insert any subject/skill).  Please continue to reinforce (insert any needed skill).  I am confident that X will keep up the good work in (insert grade level). It has been a delight to teach her, and I wish her all the very best! 

Just a Few Notes About End-of-Year Report Card Comments…

  • These are some of my actual report card comments from my years of teaching grades 2-5. I’ve edited them a bit so that they could be a bit more useful for you. You’ll notice that some of the comments repeat similar information. That was to help me save time. If two students had a similar situation, I would repeat the information and of course reword things a bit. 
  • I realize these final report card comments aren’t perfect, but they’re a great foundation for you to use as you write your own end-of-year comments.  Please feel free to tweak them as you wish. I really believe they’ll save you significant time and headache. 
  • I’m sure you understand that the X in the comments represent students’ names, so replace with your respective learners’ names. 
  • If you’d like more “academic meat” (meaning a more robust or detailed end-of-year report card comment) of these samples, simply add more comments using statements from my collection of meaningful subject-specific report card comments. Now you’re all set to go!

Wrapping Up End-of-Year/Final Report Card Comments

It’s the school year’s end, and yep, you’ve got a ton to check off your to-do list before heading out for the summer.

Don’t let final report card comments linger too long on your list.

Grab these end-of-year narrative report card comments, and knock ’em out fast!

Best,

~Missi