The Truth About YES Prep’s 100% College Acceptance Rate

Gary Rubinstein's Blog

YES Prep is a charter chain in Houston that was started by a TFA alum and is currently run by Jeremy Beard, the husband of TFA CEO Elisa Villanueva-Beard.  In the recent US News and World Report ratings YES prep had several high rated high schools.

Charter schools are supposed to be education innovators and YES prep is, as far as I can tell, the inventor of one of the biggest half-truths in recent education history — the 100% college acceptance rate, failing to mention, that this is really just 100% of the graduating seniors, which could be much less than the original cohort.  I first heard about this in 2010 when Oprah awarded them $1 million, in part, because of this amazing, beating-the-odds statistic.

Over the years, various reformers and charter schools have used the 100% college acceptance rate trick to their advantage.  Arne Duncan did it with…

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