83 Best Report Card Comments for Students with Special Needs

Save time preparing report card comments for students with special needs using these teachers comments on students’ progress. 

Whether you teach special education at the elementary, middle, or high school level; learners who simply struggle academically; or need sample report card comments for autistic students, you’re sure to find the report card comments you need to help communicate with parents how well their child is progressing academically and socially.

Add descriptors these special education report card comments in order to make them more or less positive.

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Sample Report Cards for Special Education Students (General)

  • _____ is progressing very well in the area of (insert learning objective).
  • Preferential seating away from distractions has helped _____ remain focused during lessons. 
  • _____ excels in (insert skill or strategy).
  • _____ uses a study guide to prepare for a quiz or exam.
  • _____ has a hard time approaching new learning concepts with confidence. 
  • The learning of mnemonics and/or other valuable study skills have helped _____ be successful in learning (insert any targeted objective).
  • _____ actively participates in class activities. 
  • _____ seems to pay attention better when provided brain breaks throughout the lesson. 
  • _____ puts forth much effort but struggles to remain focused on his/her learning. 
  • _____ is able to repeat instructions so that the teacher knows that he/she understands the assignment. 
  • The extra time given to _____ in order to complete assignments has had positive effects on his overall grade. 
  • _____ shows much difficulty in completing his/her work. 
  • _____ is now able to complete ¾ or more of the items of an assignment instead of half. 
  • _____ asks clarifying questions when comprehension breaks down. 
  • Let’s meet next week to discuss what specific actions we can take to help _____ improve in the area of (insert skill or strategy).

Positive Report Card Comments for Students With Special Needs

Use the following report card comments for students with special needs to address student strengths in math, reading, writing, science, social studies, and work habits.


  • _____ knows all of the multiplication facts up to 12 without using his/her fingers for support. 
  • _____ makes use of learning tools such as calculators, manipulatives, etc. to aid comprehension. 
  • _____ refuses to use manipulatives in math to solve word problems. 
  • With adult help, _____ solves math work problems with accuracy. 


  • _____’s reading fluency is improving significantly. 
  • To enhance comprehension, I suggest that an adult help _____ first activate his/her prior knowledge before reading a text. 
  • With adult assistance, _____ is able to use text features to comprehend a story better.
  • _____ decodes multi-syllabic words without the teacher’s help. 
  • _____ is able to retell with accuracy the main characters, setting, plot, and solution of a story. 
  • _____ needs additional practice in learning grade-level sight words. 
  • _____ can accurately make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections.
  • Offering a word bank during vocabulary quizzes has proven beneficial to _____.
  • _____ reading level has improved significantly since the beginning of the school year. 
  • I encourage _____ to continue reading for at least 10 to 15 minutes every night. 

Science/Social Studies

  • Taking notes during instruction has helped _____ solidify the information.
  • _____ uses technology to guide instruction. 
  • _____ knows when to use a dictionary or thesaurus to look up unfamiliar terms. 
  • _____ responsibly uses a highlighter to emphasize key parts of the text. 
  • _____ effectively uses graphic organizers to chunk large amounts of information into digestible parts.

Positive Conduct/Work Habits

  • _____ has improved with his/her work habits. 
  • _____ shows respect to his/her peers. 
  • _____ keeps his/her work space neat, clean, and organized. 
  • _____ is motivated to do great work. 
  • _____ shows kindness towards others. 
  • _____ consistently arrives to class prepared. 
  • _____ does well with keeping a daily agenda in order to keep assignments organized.
  • _____ works well when collaborating with classmates. 
  • _____ keeps up with materials and supplies. 
  • _____ turns in homework regularly. 
  • _____ is enthusiastic about learning new things. 
  • _____ listens attentively to teacher instructions. 
  • _____ responds well to positive reinforcement. 
  • _____ waits his/her turn to speak. 

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Report Card Comments for Struggling Students

Use the following report card comments for students with special needs to address areas that need improvement.

  • _____ has trouble making inferences when reading independently. 
  • _____ is still struggling with (insert learning objective).
  • _____ struggles at times to work independently. 
  • _____ has a hard time expressing his or her thoughts. 
  • _____ becomes easily distracted.
  • _____ requires frequent reminders to stay on task. 
  • _____ ‘s handwriting needs improvement.

Report Card Comments for Students With Behavior Problems

The following report card comments for students with special needs to communicate issues with conduct.

  • Even when given extended time, ______ fails to complete assignments due to disruptive behavior.
  • _____ defiance is causing daily disruption in the classroom.
  • _____ becomes frustrated when work seems too hard. 
  • _____ has significant trouble sitting still long enough to complete an assignment.
  • _____ rarely stays on task. 
  • It’s challenging for _____ to complete a task if he isn’t supervised constantly.
  • _____ often speeds through assignments, sacrificing quality of work.  
  • _____ has to be told continuously to be respectful towards others and classroom property.
  • _____ is easily angered.
  • _____ has a hard time being truthful when confronted with personal inappropriate actions.
  • _____ reacts negatively when given constructive feedback.
  • _____ struggles to follow classroom rules and routines. 
  • _____ takes pleasure in making silly noises in class. I redirect him often, but it rarely works. Please speak with him about this behavior.
  • _____ requires frequent reminders to remain on task.
  • _____ rarely takes accountability for his actions.
  • _____ displays inappropriate behaviors on the playground such as…
  • Occasionally, _____ has trouble controlling his/her temper. 
  • _____ is overly aggressive with peers who he feels has wronged him.
  • _____ very often disrupts others. I would be happy to meet with you to discuss this matter further.
  • _____ needs to learn self-control.
  • _____ struggles with keeping hands to herself. A behavior contract is a good next step for him. Let’s meet soon to discuss this.

Wrapping Up: Report Card Comments for Students With Special Needs

Now you have sample comments for special needs students’ performance.

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