The Board provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education RCW 28A.305.130, and establishes state minimum graduation requirements.

The Board also sets the cut scores on the state math assessments that students must attain to meet or exceed state standards. The SBE will approve the list of Career and Technical Education (CTE) math-equivalent courses and curriculum frameworks that will be developed by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Equivalent CTE courses are CTE courses with content that aligns not only with CTE standards but also with math standards, that meet math graduation requirements (RCW 28A.700.070).

The 2007 Legislature gave the Board one-time responsibilities in math.

In addition to other responsibilities, the Legislature directed the Board to add a third credit of math to graduation requirements, and to prescribe the content of those credits. The SBE conducted extensive studies and outreach to stakeholders and, in 2008, the SBE wrote rules (WAC-180-51-066) establishing 3 credits of math as a graduation requirement for students beginning with the Class of 2013 (students who entered 9th grade after July 1, 2009). The rules specified the content of the three credits (see questions 3 and 4 below).

The 2013 Legislature (EHB 1450) gave the SBE the responsibility of setting the score for graduation (earning a certificate of academic achievement) on the Smarter Balanced math assessment (SBAC). The SBE must set the score by the end of the 2014-15 school year.