Washington State’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) Program: Three-Year Impact Report

Washington State’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) Program: Three-Year Impact Report

This report documents the impacts three years after random assignment for Washington State’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program. I-BEST was designed to increase access to and completion of college-level occupational training in a range of in-demand occupational areas for adults with low incomes. I-BEST was developed by Washington’s State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and has operated statewide since the 2006-07 academic year. The program’s signature feature is a team-teaching approach where students receive instruction from two instructors in the same course: one provides job training and the other teaches basic skills in reading, math, or English. To further support students, the I-BEST programs in this evaluation included dedicated advisors to provide students with guidance on academic issues, navigating the college’s procedures, and career planning. It also provided “fill-the-gap” financial support beyond typical sources, for training and associated materials.

Martinson, Karin, Sung-Woo Cho, Asaph Glosser, Karen Loya, and Samuel Dastrup. 2021. Washington State’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I BEST) Program: Three-Year Impact Report. OPRE Report 2021-102. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.