January 2012 English Regents = 45 conversion opportunities for a 75+
August 2013 English Regents = 35 conversion box opportunities for a 75+
January 2014 English Regents = 30 conversion box opportunities for a 75+
"The Squeeze" created by corrupt/lazy Regents personnel whose needs to manipulate are greater than the need to help children.
Hitting a 75 or higher on the ELA Regents exam is one of those so-called "college readiness" measurements the state uses to evaluate schools and districts.
It is not a mistake that the conversion opportunities for 75+ have fallen from 45 two years ago to 30 now.
They are looking to use this stat to bludgeon teachers, schools and districts and use it as evidence for why their reform agenda must continue to be implemented.
BTW, the content on this year's test is much trickier than that of two years ago as well.
More difficult content, fewer conversion opportunities for a 75+, fewer conversion opportunities for a 65+ - in short, the NYSED and the Board of Regents rigged the ELA test this year for higher failure rates and lower college readiness rates.