Ontario English Catholic Teachers

Elementary Progress Report Card Bank

Elementary Progress Report Card Bank

The Progress Report Card is an opportunity to focus on the growth and the progress your students are making toward the overall expectations. The emphasis is on assessment for, and as, learning. Teachers will report student progress by checking one of the indicators that most accurately reflects student progress in relation to the overall curriculum expectations through the lens of the "achievement chart" categories. For example, the progress report card provides these indicators:

  • Progressing with Difficulty
  • Progressing Well
  • Progressing Very Well

Comments on the Progress Report Card will provide parents with personalized, clear, and meaningful feedback. Teachers will use the following three guiding questions to frame their comments for parents:

  • What were students expected to learn?
  • How do I know they learned it?
  • What will we do to support continued learning?

The Progress Report Card comments included in this bank are a compilation of comments written and used by teacher members. The comments provided cover only a few grade levels, but you are encouraged to adapt them as you feel necessary to your grade level and subject area. OECTA’s report card bank will continue to grow to include comments in all grade levels. We welcome future submissions of progress report card comments. OECTA cannot make any assertions that these comments will be acceptable at every board or school, and encourages teachers to refer to your local Growing Success policies before preparing your own comments.






Dance Geography Active Living History
Drama   Healthy Living  
Music   Movement  
Visual Arts      
Language Math Science Social Studies
Media Literacy Data Management Earth and Space World Connections
Communication Geometry Life Systems Heritage and Citizenship
Reading Measurement Matter and Energy  
Writing Number Sense Structures and Mechanisms  
  Patterning and Albegra    

Suggestions for Writing Comments

  • Clearly state the subject (e.g., In Math...)
  • Use the language of learning goals from your class to help make comments parent-friendly
  • Personalize your comments by making reference to a project/task
  • Use clear and specific feedback based on success criteria that students used in class when describing next steps
  • In most boards, teachers are only required to comment on Language and Math
  • French /Native Language (as applicable), and they are not required to report on all subject areas, but check with your board and school to determine local variations to this practice.
  • When the Progressing with Difficulty box is checked on any subject area a comment is expected
  • Develop a repertoire of verbs and descriptors that help to clarify comments in language that are parent-friendly. See below for a list of sample words:


  • Uses
  • Analyses
  • Displays
  • Completes
  • Follows
  • Understands
  • Beginning to
  • Perseveres
  • Demonstrates
  • Revises
  • Solves

Areas for Improvement

  • Requires
  • Needs to practice
  • Needs to broaden
  • Needs to consider
  • Needs to refine
  • Needs to revise
  • Would benefit from
  • Needs to connect
  • Needs to improve
  • Needs to develop
  • Needs to understand
  • Needs to attempt
  • Needs to use
  • Has difficulty
  • Needs to focus on
  • Needs to increase

Next Steps

  • Review
  • Practice
  • Revise
  • Seek help
  • Continue to
  • Try to improve
  • Request
  • Look for
  • Listen
  • Ask for
  • Increase
  • Work towards
  • Improve
  • Be supported by
  • Work on
  • Develop
  • Use