Miriam Lang


The requirement for end-of-course testing to replace Georgia's current high school graduation test surfaced on January 30, 1999, when Representatives Porter, Jamieson, Taylor, Ashe, and O'Neal co-sponsored House Bill 308. This bill amended the Quality Basic Education Act to require that secondary school students pass end-of-course tests in order to receive credit for Algebra I, American and Georgia Government, American history, American literature, Biology I, Chemistry I, Geometry, and Writing and Composition. According to this bill, the "State Board of Education no later than July 1, 2000, would be required to adopt end-of-course assessment instruments ... and shall establish a passing score for each such instrument. On and after September 1, 2000, students would not receive credit for these courses unless they earned a passing score" (Georgia School Superintendents Association, 1999-2000). The bill passed the General Assembly and became law on July 1, 1999.

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Miriam Lang has been teaching mathematics in Muscogee County for 14 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Columbus College in 1988, and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Delta Kappa Pi. She earned her Master of Science in Education from Troy State in 1994 and is currently working on her Specialist degree at Columbus State University.

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