5 Report Card Comments You Wish You Could Use

But you can’t. Because professionalism.

Report Card Comments You Wish You Could Use

Well, it’s that time again. It’s time to frantically enter grades, wondering how many “participation” scores you can give before your administration gets suspicious. Time to click through the canned comments to print on grade reports and, if you’re anything like me, shudder at the passive voice in comments like “cheating has been observed” and “grade average can be improved.”

The standard report card comments are fine for the most part, but sometimes they don’t quite capture everything. Here are some other report card comments that I wish existed.



1. Homework quality suspiciously good.

Yeah, your second grader didn’t make that diorama of the Paleolithic Period. I’m onto you, Mom!

2. Excellent teacher gifts! Keep up the good work!


You can never have enough of those parents.


3. Please stop asking for extra credit.

You’re making a 97.

4. Why is your life not a telenovela?

Because the excuses your child makes for not doing her homework are truly dramatic.

5. Ego management could be improved.

I guess for this year I’ll stick with “capable of better work” and “has a desire to learn,” but a teacher can dream!

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