• Dallas ISD Special Education Program

    As part of our ongoing commitment to educate all students, this spring, Dallas ISD discovered a backlog of about 2,000 unprocessed evaluations and referrals for Special Education services. The program is one of the district’s fastest growing areas, and we are aligning resources to work through this issue and assure that referrals and evaluations are conducted as quickly and thoroughly as possible, and that students receive the services they need. This backlog is being reduced on a daily basis.

    Our goal is to have this process completed and the backlog eliminated by mid-September. Currently more than 15,000 students – approximately 10% of total enrollment – receive Special Education services. 

    The district is aggressively working to make other changes to improve monitoring, data analysis, staffing, structure and communications for the program and prevent this from recurring.



    To make a referral for special education services or for any other questions, use Let’s Talk or call (972)581-4120.

    Contact Special Education

Backlog Tracker (updated 9/17/21)

Updated Weekly

2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
# of Backlogged Referrals 275 370 818 681
% of Referrals processed 100% 100% 100% 99%

% of Referrals processed means that case has moved onto informed consent, evaluation, and/or ARD. It also includes cases that have declined evaluation or withdrawn from the district.

2020-2021 data is based on the original capture of cases taken in May. It does not currently include cases received over the summer.

  • Cumulative Progress

    100 % Complete
    This represents the overall percentage of completed backlogged cases from prior years, not including 2020-2021. 465 cases were referred in 2020-2021 between 05/27/2021 and 07/31/2021. Those cases do not qualify as backlogged at this time and continue to be processed.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • How did Dallas ISD discover the backlog?

  • What caused this backlog?

  • What’s being done to fix the backlog?

  • How many students does this affect?

  • What can a principal or teacher expect in the way of positive changes?

  • When is the backlog expected to be rectified?

  • Is the TEA aware of this?

  • Why are we learning about this now?

  • How do students and their families make up for lost time?

  • Who is responsible for this backlog?

  • How are you monitoring progress?

  • Where can I find the corrective action plan?

  • How should the referral system work?

  • Where can I go for more information?