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How I-BEST Works: Findings from a Field Study

Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) is an innovative strategy developed by the Washington (WA) State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) in conjunction with the state’s community and technical colleges to increase the rate at which adult basic skills students enter and succeed in postsecondary occupational education. In the I-BEST model, basic skills instructors and professional-technical faculty jointly design and teach college-level occupational classes that admit basic skills-level students. Students qualify for the courses based on their CASAS scale score. (CASAS tests are used state-wide with basic skill level students.) By integrating instruction in basic skills with instruction in college-level professional-technical skills, I-BEST seeks to increase the rate at which adult basic education and English-as-a-second-language students advance to college-level programs and complete postsecondary credentials in fields offering good wages and opportunities for career advancement.

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