Report Card Comment Descriptors, Adjectives, and Qualifiers

When drafting report card comments, make your remarks more or less positive/negative using this list of qualifiers and descriptors.

Excelling

  • accurately
  • almost always
  • always
  • applies
  • autonomously
  • clearly
  • committed
  • completely
  • comprehends
  • confidently
  • consistently
  • exemplary
  • excellent
  • firm understanding
  • generally
  • grasps
  • habitually
  • has a high level of proficiency in…
  • has extensive knowledge of…
  • impressive
  • independently
  • in general
  • is superb at
  • masterly
  • meticulously
  • outstanding
  • proficiently
  • puts forth maximum effort
  • routinely
  • seeks challenges
  • self-corrects
  • strives
  • successful with
  • successfully
  • synthesizes
  • thoroughly

Progressing Well

  • accomplished
  • applies
  • commonly
  • consistently
  • developed
  • frequently
  • grasps
  • knowledgeable
  • mostly
  • often
  • regularly
  • routinely
  • skilled
  • sometimes has minor errors with
  • strives
  • sufficiently
  • typically
  • usually
  • very good

Satisfactory

  • adequately
  • approaching
  • at times
  • attempts
  • beginning to demonstrate
  • irregularly
  • is progressing on grade-level with
  • occasionally
  • periodically
  • requires support
  • satisfactory
  • seldom
  • some understanding
  • sometimes

Needs Improvement

  • avoids
  • disengaged
  • hardly
  • has a hard time with
  • has basic understanding of
  • has difficulty
  • inadequate
  • inconsistently
  • indifferent
  • infrequently
  • limited range
  • major errors
  • makes major errors with
  • minimal effort
  • needs constant clarification of
  • needs much support with
  • never
  • poor
  • rarely
  • reluctant to
  • seldom
  • shows limited proficiency in
  • struggles
  • with assistance
  • with help
  • with monitoring
  • with teacher support