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Basic Education for Adults Data and Research

How do we know that basic education for adults works?

Tipping Point Research  by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) reveals how much and what kind of education is sufficient to impact an adult’s ability to significantly increase this or her earning power.

The Impact for WorkFirst Participants of Reaching the Tipping Point  shows that WorkFirst parents who reached the tipping point were more likely to be employed, have higher earnings and spend fewer months on TANF.

The Investments in I-BEST Programs: A Cost Benefit to Students and Society  demonstrates powerful results for I-BEST students, who gain the skills that meet the demands of local employers and move families into the middle class. I-BEST stands for "Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training,"  an innovative program developed by the community and technical colleges in Washington state to increase the rate at which adult basic skills students enter and succeed in postsecondary occupational education and training.

I-BEST in the news: President Obama Remarks on Higher Education
White House Diplomatic Reception Room, April 24, 2009 (transcript and video of remarks)

The Educational Outcomes of I-BEST Washington State Community & Technical College System’s Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training Program: Findings from a Multivariate Analysis  by the Community College Research Center(CCRC) presents findings on the outcomes of the I-BEST program.

The Contextualized College Transition Strategies for Adult Basic Skills Students: Learning from Washington State’s I-BEST Program Model  is a study by the CCRC that represents the final phase of a multi-year evaluation of the I-BEST model that began in 2009, conducted by CCRC in collaboration with the Washington SBCTC. The Summary of CCRC Report provides a concise review of the full report.

Why do we need basic skills for adults?

These are national reports that illustrate how far we still need to go to bring our education system into the 21st century. Our system can no longer run on status quo, basic skills and English as a second language populations must be served.

U.S. Reskill Consultation Paper - In an effort to examine the economic and social case for reskilling adults in the United States, the OECD, at the request of the U.S. Department of Education, analyzed the findings using U.S. data from the Survey and prepared a report titled "Time for the U.S. to Reskill? What the Survey of Adult Skills Says."


The Tipping Point

Research conducted by the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges shows that at least one year of college-level courses, plus a credential, such as welding or drafting, represents an economic “tipping point” — the difference between struggling in a low-wage job and having a career that leads to a better life.

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