I am looking for a euphemism to be used on a student evaluation form that relates to poor/unsatisfactory/unacceptable performance. I do not want to erode the self-esteem of a special needs audience. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you!

  • Not up to standard? – Fae Nov 17 '15 at 18:18
  • "Not yet ready" – skillpatrol Nov 17 '15 at 18:26
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    "Good effort, but not quite up to required skills yet". – Kristina Lopez Nov 17 '15 at 18:53
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    Needs improvement. – Drew Nov 17 '15 at 19:06
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    in need of improvement is the standard euphemism for poor/weak performance. – Mari-Lou A Nov 17 '15 at 20:01

Your student Does not meet expectations. Also, anytime a performance is deemed unacceptable, there is bound to be some damage to self-esteem. It may be unavoidable.

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    I would add the word "yet." – skillpatrol Nov 17 '15 at 18:29

"This is a great Learning Opportunity"


Is it possible to be specific about the way(s) in which the student fails to meet an objective standard?

Rather than trying to cushion a blow by vagueness, why not turn the feedback into a teaching opportunity?


Your peers are doing better than you.

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    I wouldn't say this is euphemism – Ben Nov 17 '15 at 20:42

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