School Redesign

Louisiana’s Strategy for Improving Struggling Schools

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that districts develop plans to improve student achievement in their persistently struggling schools, and the law requires the state to competitively grant funds to districts with strong, evidence-based plans. Research indicates that nearly every effective model of school transformation includes some external support.

The Department has released a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit proven school partners, from within Louisiana and across the country, interested in partnering with Louisiana school districts. To learn more about Louisiana’s strategy for school redesign, read LDE’s ESSA Framework document.

School Redesign Summit

The School Redesign Summit will be an opportunity for an exchange of ideas and strategies with potential partner organizations as Local Education Agencies begin to develop plans for school improvement. The summit will be held on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 in New Orleans.

Logistics & Preparation Memos

School Redesign Planning Grants

The goal of the School Redesign Planning Grant is to allow school systems to learn more about what a potential partner could offer to their schools and students. These funds are intended to help school systems make a determination about whether each partner is the right fit for their schools as they build a school redesign plan for their school system. School systems are eligible to apply for School Redesign Planning Grant funds on behalf of schools on the Planning Grant Eligible Schools List

School Redesign Planning Grant applications must be submitted via email to according to the following timeline:

School Redesign Timeline