Board of Educational Examiners

2 Up 2 Down Rule Eliminated

Prior to 2007, the Board of Educational Examiners provided authority for individuals to teach beyond the scope of the grade range listed on their teaching licenses. An individual who held a K-6 content endorsement was authorized to teach 2 grade levels higher than the grade levels listed on the license if their local school board approved. For example, a person with a K-6 reading endorsement could teach reading in grades K-8 if the school board approved. An individual who held a secondary content endorsement was authorized to teach 2 grade levels lower than the grades listed on the license. For example, an individual who held a 7-12 math endorsement was authorized to teach math in grades 5-12 with the local school board’s approval. This authorization was commonly called the 2 Up 2 Down Rule.

In 2007 when the teaching licenses were listed on the public website, it was determined that this authority did not show on the public website and could create confusion as to whether the teacher was properly licensed or not for his or her assignment. To rectify this situation, rules were created to change the grade ranges for endorsements to show the authority on the teaching license. The need for local school board approval was dropped. The rule that allowed the authority to teach two grades higher or lower was no longer necessary so it was eliminated.

The licenses were updated to show these grade levels so the public website showed this information immediately. When the person renewed his or her license, the new ranges were shown on the license. For example, the person who held the K-6 reading endorsement would have the K-8 reading endorsement listed on the renewed license.

The 2 Up 2 Down rule did not apply to the general elementary classroom endorsement. The K-6 general elementary classroom endorsement is only valid in grades K-6. The 2 Up 2 Down rule did not apply to the middle school endorsement. The 5-8 middle school endorsement is only valid in grades 5 through 8.

The teaching licenses issued after 2007 show the specific grade levels on the license. There is no 2 up 2 down rule in force so there should be no confusion as to the grade levels a person may teach.