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Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training (I-BEST)
Postsecondary Career and Technical Education (CTE) Interventions

Washington State’s Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training (I-BEST) program provides integrated basic skills and occupational training that allows students to complete their training program faster than traditional programs, and provides supports to ensure students stay engaged in training. Washington State’s I-BEST program was developed by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and was first implemented in the 2006–2007 school year. Since its creation, I-BEST has been replicated in other locations, sometimes under different names, including Accelerating Opportunity and the Accelerating Connections to Employment (ACE) program.

Findings

3
studies that met standards out of
6
eligible studies reviewed
Outcome Domain Effectiveness Rating Grades Improvement Index
Credit accumulation No discernible effects PS --
Industry-recognized credential, certificate, or license completion Positive effects PS
 
 
18
Short-Term Earnings Potentially positive effects PS
 
 
0
Short-Term Employment Potentially positive effects PS
 
 
10

Last Updated: September 2020

Race

Black
21%
White
60%
Not specified
19%

Ethnicity

Hispanic
11%
Not Hispanic
89%

Gender

Male: 43%
Female: 57%
Note: This summary only includes data from studies that reported sample information. The Intervention Report may include evidence from other studies that met standards, but did not report sample information.


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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by Abt Associates under contract ED-IES-16-C-0024.

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