How to Write a Student Progress Report

Updated March 29, 2017

Progress reports are an essential part of any student's education. They let the student and his parents know, on a regular basis, exactly how he is performing. A good progress report will list expectations and objectives that the student needs to meet. Parents should be able to get a good idea of what is going on the classroom and how well a student is performing by viewing a progress report.

Begin the progress report by writing a summary of what you have been teaching in class. This should be a short overview of the subjects that have been studied and any projects that were assigned.

List the grades of the student for that progress report period. You should have one section for test grades, one for homework grades and one for comments on behaviour.

Prepare comments for the comment section of the progress report. You should list the student's strong points, as well as areas in which the student needs to improve. It's important to not be completely negative in the comments area. You should always list at least one thing that the student is doing well.

List any projects that have been turned in by the student during this period, make a comment about each project and list the grade the project received. This is another good opportunity to mention strong points and areas that need improvement.


Avoid overgeneralisation in your progress reports. Instead of simply stating that the student is "doing well," list specific areas in which the student excels.

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