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These comments were made by parents discussing the necessity of creating a school-wide program of documenting and evaluating oral language. They articulate two very real concerns common to parents and educators alike: How is oral language valued and evaluated in the classroom? Concerns such as these confirm that it is not enough for teachers to simply expound the virtues of oral language or even to place check marks on report cards. In order to insure that oral language be given its rightful place in the curriculum, teachers must implement validated programs that contain documentation and evaluation.

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