Using a multivariate analysis to compare the educational outcomes of students, this study found that students participating in the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) in Washington State, achieved better educational outcomes than did other basic skills students.

"Under the I-BEST model, basic skills instructors and college-level career- technical faculty jointly design and teach college-level occupational courses for adult basic skills students. Instruction in basic skills is thereby integrated with instruction in college-level career-technical skills. The I-BEST model challenges the conventional notion that basic skills instruction ought to be completed by students prior to starting college-level courses. The approach thus offers the potential to accelerate the transition of adult basic skills students to college programs....[t]he researchers examined data on more than 31,000 basic skills students in Washington State, including nearly 900 I-BEST participants. The analyses controlled for observed differences in background characteristics of students in the sample" (p.2). (Abstractor: Author)

Full publication title: Educational Outcomes of I-BEST Washington State Community and Technical College System’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program: Findings from a Multivariate Analysis