Giving proper attention to your spelling report card comments is essential.

As professionals, we’re often judged based on how well we spell and/or write. Fair or not, it’s an assumption that can create a less-than-positive perception if the product isn’t up to par.

That’s why it’s our job as educators to support elementary students as they develop into competent and confident spellers.

Throughout their journeys, utilize these report card comments for spelling to communicate to parents how well their child is progressing.

Note: For more comments, check out these meaningful remarks … created especially for elementary teachers.

Spelling Report Card Comment Descriptors

To make your spelling report card comments more or less positive in nature, simply add an appropriate qualifier.

Examples of descriptors include…

  • rarely…
  • often…
  • frequently…
  • progressing well with…
  • performing below grade level in…
  • excelling in…
  • seldomly…
  • always…
  • struggles with…
copy and paste report card comments

Tips for Drafting Professional Report Card Comments

Focus on the learning objectives.

While report card comments may include subjective statements such as, “…is a strong speller…”, be sure to also highlight how well the child is progressing with specific learning standards.

With which spelling patterns is the child struggling? Which objectives have they mastered? Providing specific statements creates a clearer picture of the situation.

Evoke positivity.

Begin and end each of your spelling report card comments on a positive note. Even if the child is performing poorly in spelling, mention a strength at the beginning of your comment.

If this is a challenge, know that the strength doesn’t have to be directly connected to spelling. Work habits such as motivation and good effort make great beginning comments.


Before sharing comments with parents and guardians, edit and revise them thoroughly. A good practice is to have a colleague or administrator review your comments before delivery.

Glaring errors send a less-than-positive vibe, so you may want to review your spelling report card comments 2 to 3 times.

Chunk the work.

Many educators, including myself, agree that higher quality report card comments are produced when sufficient time is given to the task. Waiting until a few days before the deadline creates anxiety and may cause you to write spelling comments that aren’t up to your standards.

Solution? Chunk the work. If you have 2 to 3 weeks before your comments are due, commit to drafting a couple of comments per day until you’re done. You’ll feel less stressed, and your comments will most likely be of a higher quality.

End with next steps.

Every parent wants their child to be academically successful, and it’s our duty as elementary educators to work with them in order to do so.

One of the best actions you can take is to include 1 to 2 actionable steps that they can take immediately in order to help their child meet needed spelling objectives according to your comments.

Report Card Comments for Spelling

  • Overall, ________demonstrates much difficulty in applying grade-level spelling patterns and rules within context.
  • _______does a fantastic job of checking her work for spelling errors.
  • During sentence dictation of the week’s spelling tests, ________struggles with spelling grade-appropriate words within context though she does well when writing them in isolation.
  • While _______writes the week’s spelling words correctly on the spelling test, within context (e.g. while using those same words within her daily writing), she commonly misspells the words.
  • _______is highly proficient in spelling with accuracy across all subject areas.
  • _______has much potential, but because he frequently refuses to prepare for spelling tests, he performs poorly.
  • Though ________knows the spelling rules, he refuses to apply those rules when writing due to minimal effort.
  • _______exhibits a strong command of the grade-level spelling expectations.
  • When drafting a piece of writing in Writer’s Workshop, ________appropriately utilizes reference materials such as a dictionary to assist with spelling.
  • _______requires strengthening of phonemic awareness.
  • Because_______regularly neglects to complete her spelling homework, her grade is significantly decreasing each week.

More Report Card Comments for Spelling

  • Letter combinations such as (insert letter combination of difficulty) are challenging for _______.
  • When drafting pieces of writing on an electronic device, ________habitually and appropriately utilizes spell check to review his work.
  • I suggest with ________study the weekly spelling words for at least 15 minutes each weeknight so that her spelling test performance improves.
  • According to documentation, _______is proficient in using the spelling pattern of (insert any specific grade-level appropriate spelling pattern).
  • ________naturally excels in the subject of spelling.
  • ________often makes careless spelling mistakes during Writer’s Workshop because he often forgets to use the spelling checklist after drafting a piece of writing.
  • ________is excited to demonstrate his outstanding spelling knowledge in this year’s school spelling bee.
  • ________numerous spelling errors interferes with the reader’s ability to comprehend her text.
  • ________spells words with the spelling pattern (insert any specific spelling pattern) with 80% or higher accuracy.
  • With high frequency,________applies grade-appropriate spelling patterns when drafting writing pieces.
  • I recommend that ________check her spelling using grade-appropriate dictionaries.

Spelling Report Card Comments Deserve Your Attention

Drafting report card comments for spelling is just as important as the core subject areas. The comments within this post guide you in crafting the perfect note to parents regarding their child’s progress in spelling.

Wishing you less stress as you draft your comments…