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. The LDOE will award school redesign funds to districts with strong plans grounded in a rigorous needs assessment.

Research indicates that nearly every effective model of school transformation includes some external support.  Prior to the release of the school redesign grant application, the Department has sought to facilitate the co-creation of school improvement plans between school systems and proven external partners.  The LDOE released a Request for Information (RFI) from partner organizations and held a School Redesign Summit that brought partners and school systems together to learn about each other.

To learn more about Louisiana’s strategy for school redesign, read Louisiana’s ESSA Plan.

School Redesign Grants

The School Redesign Grant will support school systems as they build and execute plans to improve their struggling schools. All school systems with a school identified on the School Redesign List must complete a full School Redesign Grant application in one of two rounds. School systems should select the application window that best meets their needs.


Application Released

Application Due


Funds Awarded

Round 1

August 2017

September 29, 2017

Week of Nov. 27, 2017

January 23, 2018

Round 2

February 2018

March 2018

April 2018

Summer 2018

Planning Grants

LDOE encourages school systems who would like additional time to create a strong School Redesign plan to submit a planning grant application, per the timeline below, and a School Redesign Grant application in round 2.


Application Released

Application Due

Funds Awarded

Planning Redesign Grant

Aug. 1, 2017

Sept. 15, 2017

Oct. 17, 2017

School Redesign Summit

The School Redesign Summit was an opportunity for an exchange of ideas and strategies with potential partner organizations as Local Education Agencies began to develop plans for school improvement. The summit was held in New Orleans during January of 2017. To learn more, visit the document library.