60 Report Card Comments for Students with Special Needs

Save time preparing your report card comments for students with special needs using this quality list of phrases and remarks. 

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

Add qualifiers such as frequently, occasionally, always, regularly, never, etc. to these special education report card comments in order to make them more or less positive.

Report Card Comments for Students With Special Needs

Conduct/Work Habits

  • _____ shows respect to his/her peers. 
  • _____ keeps his/her work space neat, clean, and organized. 
  • _____ is motivated to do great work. 
  • _____ struggles to follow classroom rules and routines. 
  • _____ shows kindness towards others. 
  • _____ becomes frustrated when work seems too hard. 
  • _____ rarely stays on task. 
  • _____ habitually arrives to class prepared. 
  • _____ works well when collaborating with classmates. 
  • _____ often speeds through assignments, sacrificing quality of work.  
  • _____ transitions from one activity to the next without issue. 
  • _____ keeps up with materials and supplies. 
  • _____ struggles at times to work independently. 
  • _____ is enthusiastic about learning new things. 
  • _____ has a hard time expressing his or her thoughts. 
  • _____ listens attentively to teacher instructions. 
  • _____ becomes easily distracted.
  • _____ ‘s handwriting needs improvement. 
  • _____ requires frequent reminders to stay on task. 
  • _____ responds well to positive reinforcement. 
  • Occasionally, _____ has trouble controlling his/her temper. 
  • _____ waits his/her turn to speak. 

Report Card Remarks for Special Education (Academics)

  • _____ excels in (insert any skill, strategy, or behavior).
  • _____ is still struggling a bit with (insert any learning objective).
  • _____ uses a study guide to prepare for a quiz or exam.
  • _____’s reading fluency is improving significantly. 
  • _____ is progressing very well in the area of (insert any learning objective).
  • Preferential seating away from distractions has helped _____ remain focused during lessons. 
  • _____ is improving with his/her work habits. 
  • Taking notes during instruction has helped _____ solidify the information.
  • _____ applies feedback from the teacher in order to improve the quality of work. 
  • _____ has trouble making inferences when reading independently. 
  • The implementation of anticipation guides have greatly boosted _____ reading comprehension abilities. 
  • _____ uses technology to guide instruction. 
  • _____ knows when to use a dictionary or thesaurus to look up unfamiliar terms. 
  • _____ 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. 
  • _____ turns in homework regularly. 
  • _____ now knows all of his/her multiplication facts up to 12 without using his/her fingers for support. 
  • _____ has a hard time approaching new learning concepts with confidence. 
  • _____ 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. 
  • _____ actively participates in class activities. 
  • _____ needs additional practice in learning grade-level sight words. 
  • _____ reading level has improved significantly since the beginning of the school year. 
  • _____ seems to pay attention better when provided brain breaks throughout the lesson. 
  • To enhance comprehension, I suggest that an adult help _____ first activate his/her prior knowledge before reading a text. 
  • _____ puts forth much effort but struggles to remain focused on his/her learning. 
  • _____ responsibly uses a highlighter to emphasize key parts of the text. 
  • _____ can accurately make text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections.
  • _____ is able to repeat instructions so that the teacher knows that he/she understands the assignment. 
  • With adult assistance, _____ is able to use text features to comprehend a story better.
  • _____ shows much difficulty in completing his/her work. 
  • _____ does well with keeping a daily agenda in order to keep assignments organized.
  • _____ is now able to complete ¾ or more of the items of an assignment instead of half. 
  • _____ effectively uses graphic organizers to chunk large amounts of information into digestible parts.
  • The learning of mnemonics and/or other valuable study skills have helped _____ be successful in learning (insert any targeted objective).
  • The extra time given to _____ in order to complete assignments has had positive effects on his overall grade. 
  • _____ asks clarifying questions when comprehension breaks down. 
  • Offering a word bank during vocabulary quizzes has proven beneficial to _____.
  • I encourage _____ to continue reading for at least 10 to 15 minutes every night. 
  • Let’s meet next week to discuss what specific actions we can take to help _____ improve in the area of (insert skill or strategy). See more next steps comments here

You’re All Set With These Special Education Student Remarks

Save time completing your report card comments for students with special needs using this list of statements and remarks. Simply tweak, and then use. 

And to help parents know how to move forward with helping their child improve, take a look at these action-based next steps remarks.