Drafting progress report comments is draining, and even before starting, most of us are already mentally tired at just the thought of getting them done.

While the task can’t be eliminated all together, you can write your progress report comments smarter.

Forget about reinventing the wheel. Tackle the process as such…

Take the progress report samples below, and customize them according to individual students’ needs.

For more phrases and statements to use, check out our colossal collection of report card comments. They were created especially with the elementary teacher in mind.

It’s simply a matter of plug-and-play. Add, delete, and/or tweak statements until you arrive at your desired result.

Tips for Writing Progress Report Comments

The progress report comments found here offer a framework which you can follow. However, keep in mind to include these essential elements…

Begin on a positive note.

Even if a student is struggling in your class and/or a discipline concern, start your progress report comment with a student strength. Then naturally flow into the area(s) of concern.

At the end of the comment, mention again a pleasant attribute. Think of it like a sandwich. The bread slices represent the two positives. In-between lies all the meat and veggies – the substance of your comment.

Be detailed as necessary.

Progress report narratives serve the purpose of sharing with parents how well their child is progressing within the school year. It is during these times that you want to be as detailed as possible with your concerns.

Doing so reduces, even eliminates, end-of-year surprises where parents state that it’s the first time they’re hearing about a particular problem. Even smarter, keep proper documentation to support your progress reports.

Proofread.

It’s important to read any report card comment before you send to parents, but progress report comments require an even more careful eye as they tend to be longer and more detailed.

Give due diligence to grammatical and spelling errors along with semantics. For even better results, ask a trusted colleague or administrator to review your progress reports before delivery.

Be unique.

You’ll notice in the progress report comments below that I do repeat statements across various reports. This is done if two or more students have similar attributes, strengths, and/or weaknesses. However, my recommendation is to still always reword things a bit to ensure the progress report is unique to that respective child.

While we do want to save time by working smarter, the end result should essentially be a customized progress report based on that’s child’s personal experiences at school.

A Note Quick About Progress Reports for Struggling or Failing Students

The comments that follow are more positive in nature.

For your students with discipline concerns or work performance below grade level, add a few meaningful phrases connected with struggling learners and difficult students.

Each list of comments from the links just above includes next steps. Actionable next steps are essential to include in your progress report comments.

They’re especially important when the comment concerns a student who is exhibiting any type of problem.

Progress Report Comments

Sample 1

During second quarter, _______has shown above-average progress in all subject areas. His greatest strength is writing. He writes with fluent organization and does a phenomenon job “showing and not telling” details. According to the Fountas & Pinnell reading assessment, _______is currently reading at an “Independent” level. _______puts forth great effort in all of his work assignments. He collaborates well with his peers, and asks for help when comprehension breaks down. I recommend that ______continue to read for at least 15 minutes each night in addition to practicing higher-level multiplication word problems.

Sample 2

_______ likes to help others and works well within a group. I see _______ continued growth weekly as he is improving in taking his time with assignments and revising his work. _______ also takes constructive criticism well and is good with accepting consequences. _______has a good mathematical foundation. He has the basic skills and is able to apply those skills in various contexts. According to our formal reading assessment, _______is reading above grade level. His reading comprehension, accuracy, and fluency are excellent. I recommend that he continue to read regularly at home, primarily with books at or a level above his reading level.  _______continues to grow as a writer. _______is a delightful child who is a joy to teach.

Sample 3

_______is full of life, and has a big personality. _______has good work and study habits and works collaboratively with her peers.  ________needs improvement in showing his work during math block. While she is able to arrive at the correct answer, the process that he used in order to arrive at that answer is also important to demonstrate. According to our formal reading assessment, _______is reading below grade level. Her reading comprehension, accuracy, and fluency are progressing more slowly than grade-level expectations. I suggest she continue to read regularly at home for at least 15 minutes each night. ______continues to grow as a writer. ________ positive attitude about her learning, work, and school in general is contagious.

Sample 4

_______had a wonderful second semester. _______ is a very happy child, works well with others, and is very dedicated to her work. ________has a good mathematical foundation. Her knowledge of math basics is evident in how well she is able to apply those skills within various mathematical contexts. According to our formal reading assessment, _______is reading on grade level. Her reading comprehension, accuracy, and fluency are good. I recommend that she continue to read regularly at home. ______flourish as a writer and does a wonderful job bringing her writing to life with vivid details. _______ has grown in so many ways academically; her progress is incredible!

Sample 5

______ is a sweet, kind, caring student who loves learning and school in general. ______ is a hard worker, and strives to do her best in everything she does. She participates in class, is always prepared, and works well collaboratively. While X does love to talk with her friends, she understands the balance between work and play. ________tackles multiple-step word problems strategically without much prompting from the teacher. Currently, _______is reading above grade level. Her reading comprehension, accuracy and fluency are excellent. I recommend that she continue to read regularly at home, primarily with books a bit above her reading level. ________is progressing well as a young author. She is a happy child, and I am delighted to be her teacher. ________ is a happy child, and I am delighted to be her teacher.

Sample 6

________is very studious, mature, and works well with others. He is dedicated to his work, and his enthusiasm for learning is admirable.  _______ has improved greatly with demonstrating understanding through the use of various strategies during guided math. As of this quarter, _______is reading a bit below grade level. While his reading comprehension is good, he needs reinforcement in accuracy and fluency. Short, 2-person readers theater scripts are great for this. ______continues to grow as a writer and puts forth the effort in attempting to apply all newly-learned skills. _______is a pleasure to teach.

More Progress Report Comment Samples

Sample 7

_______ is a kind child and very dedicated to her work. She gives 100% effort to all her work and persists even when the task seems too difficult. ________higher order thinking skills are very good, and he has a good grasp of mathematical concepts. Currently, _______is reading above grade level. Her reading comprehension, accuracy and fluency are excellent. I encourage her to stay excited about reading. Though________writing skills are good, she needs to work on her cursive handwriting strokes a bit more. I am confident that _______will keep up the good progress this school year.

Sample 8

________continues to persist with her work in the classroom. For the past two quarters, ________ has received learning support once a week from Ms. X. This extra support along with classroom accommodations have greatly helped her academic success.  ________ is doing a much better job of showing her understanding of word problems by solving them in different, deeper ways. My one recommendation for math is that she revises her work before submitting. Though ________is currently reading at a “Frustrational” level in reading, her progress is steadily moving upward. She will continue to receive small group and 1 on 1 reading support 2x per week. Let’s meet in the next week to discuss any changes needed to her accommodations.

Sample 9

________ is a very serious student who has excellent work and study habits.  _______is a very strong math student. He has a solid mathematical foundation, and he is able to apply math skills within various contexts. _______does a great job of implementing reading strategies across various genres. During Writer’s Workshop,______showcases creative ideas and really connects with the reader. _______ is so dedicated to her work and always gives her best effort. I am very proud to be her teacher!

Sample 10

________ is a hard worker who gives 100% effort in every assignment given. She is motivated, disciplined and has great work and study habits.   ________ has a solid number sense foundation and is able to apply that knowledge in various contexts. In reading, the use of graphic organizers and anchor charts helps tremendously with_______ reading comprehension. ______growth as a writer is steadily improving each week. It is wonderful teaching ________ as she is a sponge that absorbs and processes with great precision all knowledge that is bestowed upon her. Her dedication to her work is commendable.

Sample 11

________ has a happy, energetic spirit. She works hard and always gives her best effort. During guided math, ________does an excellent job of showing his understanding by using a variety of strategies. He challenges himself often by applying newly learned skills to daily word problems. Though _______ demonstrates high reading fluency, she struggles with reading comprehension of nonfiction texts. _______continues to grow as a young writer as she learns to develop her ideas fully. ________ always has a smile on her face, is enthusiastic about her work, and collaborates well with peers.

Sample 12

________ is always smiling. Her enthusiasm for learning is contagious! _______is a team player with solid work/study habits. She’s consistently prepared for class. _______ loves to participate, plus she is never afraid to share her knowledge with the class. ________has done an exceptional job in math this first trimester. Her precision with solving multiple-step problems has improved greatly. According to the DRA reading assessment, _______is reading on grade level, yet she could use reinforcement in more subject-specific vocabulary. ______continues to grow as a writer. I love teaching _______, as she brings life to our classroom community.

Progress Reports Done For You

Writing progress report comments is a necessary part of a teacher’s life. Ease the burden a bit with these progress report narrative samples.

To reduce overwhelm, consider chunking this task over a 5 to 7-day period. That way, you’ll be able to go into greater depth about each student’s situation without the task feeling too heavy.

For more statements to use when writing your progress reports, visit our comprehensive library of report card comments. They’re a perfect addition to your assessment toolkit.

To working smarter,

~Missi