ATLANTA — The state Senate has passed a resolution demanding the New York-based College Board redo its most recent revision of the Advancement Placement U.S. History exam.
Republican Sen. William Ligon Jr. of Brunswick has said the test is biased to the left and should be changed, or the state should not use it. Lawmakers in at least three other states have expressed similar views.
Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, voted for the measure.
“I think it’s a good thing,” he said. “It reflects a lot of what we did in Hall County two years ago. We had a study committee of stakeholders in education and others who recommended history courses include respect for the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance.
“It was a bipartisan committee that talked about history courses and what would be appropriate.”
Miller pointed out a resolution is not a statute but urges action.
“It strongly urges civics education that includes things like respect for the flag and the Founding Fathers,” he said.
The resolution says the College Board’s new test, taken yearly by 14,000 Georgia students, emphasizes negative aspects of U.S. history.
The measure also says the test presents an inaccurate view of America’s free enterprise system. If the College Board doesn’t change the exam, the resolution says Georgia should look for alternatives and push for a reduction in federal funds for the organization.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.