105 Report Card Comments for Literacy You’ll Find Helpful

It’s that time again…time to draft your reading and writing report card comments.

I’ve got a list of 105 reading and writing report card comments that will hopefully be of some support to you as you write your student comments.

I’ve also got a useful formula that will help you write concise, yet meaningful report card comments.

Before getting into the list though, first…

General Tips for Drafting Reading and Writing Report Card Comments

1. Mentally Prepare Yourself.

Report card comments are definitely not the most exciting thing in the world to do, so make sure to mentally prepare yourself.

Set aside some time that you can dedicate just to writing your comments.

Turn off the television, cell phone, etc…minimal distractions.

Get into the zone.

If working at home, play some soft wind-down music or grab a glass of wine to sip as you work.

And focus, focus, focus.

Before you know it, you’ll be more than halfway done.

2. Pace Yourself.

Have you ever waited until the last minute to get your report card comments done?

I’m guilty as charged.

Here’s an easy tip.

If you know the due date for turning in your literacy report card comments, start early and do a few each day.

This tip is especially helpful if your school expects you to write in-depth comments about each student.

Think about it…

If you have 20 students and you write 4 student report card comments a day, then in a school week you could have all 20 student reports done.

3. Start on a Positive Note.

Of course, start the report card comment with a positive statement, and be sure to mention the student’s name in the first sentence.

In addition to a positive statement, mention something unique about each child. For example, if a student is a beautiful artist, say so.

The point is for parents to see that you really know their child.

4. Be Honest.

When writing report card comments, be transparent with parents about their child’s strengths and weaknesses. We’re educators, so we’re pretty decent with words, so frame the weaknesses carefully.

But please…tell the truth.

And try to be a little more specific for kids who struggle.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had parents tell me, “I never knew my little Johnny had problems with such and such”. or “No one ever told me that little Johnny struggled with reading fluency.”


I realize that some kids struggle with concepts as topics become more complex, but if parents of a student in the 5th grade have supposedly never been told that little Johnny struggles with reading comprehension, that’s a significant discrepancy.

Communicate with parents ~ even if it’s a difficult situation. We don’t do any favors by holding back.

And please…think about next year’s teacher. I’m sure he or she doesn’t want any unnecessary surprises.

5. Give Solutions.

For students having difficulty in some area, provide guardians with some recommendations and solutions.

If I write on the report card comment that little Johnny is having a hard time finding the main idea of a reading passage, I am then going to describe what activities, lessons, and/or strategies I currently do and will continue to do in class to support him in meeting the lesson objective.

Additionally, I’ll suggest to parents ways that they can reinforce at home what’s happening at school.

I find that parents really appreciate these solutions.

105 Literacy Report Card Comments that You Can Easily Modify

When using any of the report card comments below, make them more positive or negative by adding or eliminating a word or phrase.


  • ….is progressing very well…
  • …not progressing well…
  • …meeting standards…
  • …struggling with…
  • …has a hard time…
  • …excelling in…
  • …does not…
  • …soars in the area of…
  • …needs improvement with…

Reading Report Card Comments (Reading Strategies & Skills)

  • …uses prior knowledge to comprehend text.
  • …able to answer basic recall comprehension questions but not higher-level comprehension questions.
  • Using sketching/drawing,… demonstrates that he/she is able to visualize the main ideas of a text.
  • …summarizes fiction texts with main ideas from the beginning, middle, and end.
  • …summarizes nonfiction texts using the main idea and strong supporting details.
  • …makes logical predictions before, during, and after reading.
  • …effectively uses anchor charts to clarify understanding of a skill or strategy.
  • …uses context clues to make inferences about events, characters, and/or settings.
  • …asks questions that help him/her understand the text more deeply.
  • …applies reading strategies to decode and understand text.
  • …makes deep text-to-text, text-to-self, or text-to-world connections.
  • …uses strong evidence from the text and/or prior knowledge to justify an author’s purpose for writing.
  • …uses a variety of context clue strategies to define new vocabulary in a text.
  • When reading aloud, …reads with grade level fluency, accuracy, and expression.
  • …demonstrates good progress in using a variety of reading comprehension skills and strategies to understand text.
  • …can state the main idea (or setting, main characters, etc.) of a selection with minimal prompting from the teacher.
  • …interprets and analyzes text features to better understand the text.
  • …effortlessly applies new reading skills and strategies.
  • …reads with fluency but doesn’t comprehend the text very well.
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More Reading Report Card Comments

  • …decodes multi-syllabic words well.
  • …reads within a range of different genres.
  • …struggles with reading basic sight words.
  • …shows good stamina for reading.
  • …needs to do better at choosing books on his appropriate reading level.
  • …chooses books that are too difficult/simple for her.
  • …loves reading and devours a book every chance he gets!
  • …needs to develop a wider range of vocabulary.
  • …focuses on work and resists distraction during literacy centers.
  • …enjoys reading aloud.
  • …notices consistent themes within a book series or from a specific author.
  • …interprets very well figurative language.
  • …reads _____ words per minute.
  • …challenges herself by reading books that are one grade level above her level.
  • …regularly self-corrects mispronounced words when reading aloud.
  • …correctly uses the five-finger rule to choose “just right” books.
  • …reads on grade level.
  • According to the reading assessment Fountas & Pinnell, …. is reading at a level ______, which is/is not on grade level.
  • …reading level is significantly below grade level.
  • …reads with fluency and appropriate expression.

 Writing Report Card Comments

  • …needs improvement in using punctuation marks.
  • …ideas flow smoothly from one thought to the next.
  • …substitutes stronger verbs and adjectives for “boring” ones.
  • …voice within a writing piece is unclear or confusing.
  • …writing pieces are well-organized with clear details.
  • …exhibits good use of grammar and mechanics.
  • …progressing very well in writing for various purposes.
  • …struggles to apply (name specific writing skill) during Writer’s Workshop.
  • …brainstorms a decent bank of ideas before drafting.
  • …able to point out individual writing strengths and weaknesses during conferencing time with teacher.
  • …appropriately uses a writing checklist to review work.
  • …accepts and attempts to apply feedback provided by teacher and/or peers.
  • …follows the writing process when completing a piece of major writing.
  • …revises work independently and with a peer.
  • …edits work independently and with a peer.
  • …reviews work thoroughly before submitting.
  • …begins writing piece with a strong lead (beginning).
  • …ends writing piece with a strong ending.
  • …needs reinforcement in using (insert any grammar rule).
  • …doesn’t have a good grasp of when to use capital letters.
  • …writing has a clear beginning, middle, and end.
  • …paper lacks supporting details that helps the reader to visualize.
  • …includes lots of sentences that “show” and not only “tell.”
  • …transitions from one idea or paragraph to the next using a variety of transition words.
  • …does not use transition words appropriately.
  • A significant number of spelling and/or grammatical errors make reading the writing difficult.
  • …enjoys writing.
  • …puts much effort into creating a good piece of writing.
  • …uses pre-writing strategies to guide the writing process.
  • …takes risks by using new vocabulary words.
  • …purpose for writing and for what audience are clear.
  • …handwriting makes reading the writing piece difficult.
  • …understands that different writing genres serve different purposes.
  • …does a great job of using figurative language to make writing more interesting and colorful.
  • …has blossomed as a writer (author)!
  • …has a hard time writing (typing) at least one good paragraph or page.


  • …is a joy to teach.
  • It is such a pleasure to teach…
  • What a great year it has been!
  • …has soared this school year in…
  • …has made wonderful progress this quarter/semester/year in…
  • …is a lovely student who I enjoy working with every day.
  • I am so proud of ….work (progress) with…
  • … is hardworking, confident, and motivated to do her best.
  • …puts forth great effort in learning…
  • …seems to enjoy school and is a delight to teach.


  • Keep up the good work.
  • I wish…all the best in ____ grade.
  • It has been an honor to teach….
  • It has been a pleasure to work with…
  • I know that…will have continued success in the coming year!
  • …is an amazing student, and I’m glad to have been her teacher.
  • With his friendly and cooperative nature, … will be a great addition to any class.
  • I enjoyed having ____ in the class.
  • …made good progress this school year, and I’m sure he will continue to improve.
  • With continued support, ….will continue to show mastery of…

Recommendation Report Card Comments

  • Please make sure to check and sign homework agenda daily.
  • …would benefit from exploring new reading genres this summer.
  • Have _____ read for at least 15 minutes each night.
  • Continue to reinforce the reading (writing) strategies at home.
  • Continue to read regularly everyday.
  • The following online resources will be of assistance to your child: …. (e.g. BrainPopjr., BrainPop, Hoopla, etc.)
  • I recommend that… read independently more often in order to build stamina.
  • I suggest that…practice Daily Oral Language activities in order to improve (insert a writing skill).
  • Have….practice reading short plays out loud in order to improve reading fluency.
  • Read books with your child in English or Spanish regularly. (applies to bilingual/dual language students).
  • Let’s schedule a conference/meeting soon in order to discuss how to help… succeed in meeting the learning objectives.

A Simple Formula for Writing Report Card Comments

So here’s just one more tip I want to share with you!

It’s a simple formula that you can apply when writing your comments. I really think it will make things a bit easier for you.

1:  Start with a positive introduction while saying something unique about the child.

2:  Give a general statement about how the child is progressing in an area.

3:  Get more specific about how the student is doing with a particular learning objective within that area.

4:  Acknowledge what strategy(ies) worked to master that objective and offer practical solutions if the learning objective hasn’t been met.

5:  End on a positive note!

This formula is just a suggestion. Adapt it to your needs or just use it for inspiration!


Drafting writing and reading report card comments can feel like a chore, and these literacy comments will make the process a little easier for you.

For more comments in other subject areas, check out our comprehensive collection of report card comments, created especially with the elementary teacher in mind.

Happy writing…you’re almost there.