• Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM)

    In Texas, the focus of all district and campus planning and decision making is to improve the performance of all students. The ultimate purpose of all planning and decision making in schools is to attain the state's educational goals of equity and excellence in achievement for all students.

    Senate Bill 1, passed by the Texas Legislature in May 1995, contained provisions that specified the district and campus planning and decision-making processes expected of all school districts. The 76th Legislature amended several areas of state statute pertaining to these requirements. Texas Education Code (TEC), § 11.254 requires the Commissioner of Education to oversee the provision of training and technical support to all districts and campuses in respect to planning and site-based decision making.

    Legal Requirements

    Texas Education Code (TEC)

    • 11.251 Planning and Decision Making Process
    • 11.252 District-Level planning and Decision Making
    • 11.253 Campus Planning and Site- Based Decision Making

    Dallas ISD Board Policies

    • BQA (LEGAL) – Planning and Decision Making Process District-Level
    • BQA (LOCAL) – Planning and Decision-Making Process Campus-Level
    • BQB (LEGAL) – Planning and Decision-Making Process Campus-Level
    • BQB (LOCAL) – Planning and Decision-Making Process Campus-Level

    Site-Based Decision Making is:

    A process for decentralizing decisions to improve the educational outcomes at every school campus through a collaborative effort by which principals, teachers, campus staff, district staff, parents, and community representatives assess educational outcomes of all students, determine goals and strategies, and ensure that strategies are implemented and adjusted to improve student achievement.


    • School Personnel/Employees
    • Parents
    • Students (where appropriate)
    • Community Members
    • Business Representatives

    Roles and Responsibilities

    In accordance with the administrative procedures established under Section 11.251 (b), the campus-level committee shall be involved in decisions in the areas of:

    • Planning
    • Budgeting
    • Curriculum
    • Staffing Patterns
    • Staff Development
    • School Organization

    If you are interested in becoming a member of a Site-Based Decision Making Committee please contact the school principal.

    Resources for Site-Based Decision Making Committees 
    SBDM References: 
    Dallas ISD Board Policy
    Guiding Questions (Spanish) 

    Please contact Antonia Neal at (972) 925-3279 or anneal@dallasisd.org for more information on resources and training opportunities available to all SBDM teams in the Dallas ISD. A list of all SBDM trainings may be found in our Training Academy page.