Public Schools

School Redesign

Louisiana’s Strategy for Improving Struggling Schools

In recent years, Louisiana’s efforts to reduce the number of students concentrated in struggling schools are yielding results. In 2017, more than 21,200 fewer students attended D and F schools than did in 2013. However, 16% of all Louisiana students – more than 115,000 students – still attend persistently struggling schools. These schools continue to struggle to provide an excellent education to all students.

To address the needs of these students and schools, the LDOE will:

  • Identify persistently struggling schools

  • Help school systems create strong plans to address the needs of struggling schools and subgroups of students

  • Fund approaches and interventions most likely to improve outcomes for students

This approach is supported by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which requires every local school system to design a plan for improving student performance in their struggling schools.


The competitive School Redesign Grant and consolidated Direct Student Services (DSS) will support school systems as they build and execute plans to improve their struggling schools. In 2017-2018, all school systems must submit a School Redesign application. Reference the School System Planning Guide for additional information about the School Redesign application.


Application Released

Application Due


Funds Awarded

Round 1


August 2017

September 29, 2017

November 28-29, 2017

January 23, 2018

Round 2


November 2017

March 1, 2018

April 2018

Summer 2018

The round 2 School Redesign application and all associated materials are available in the School Redesign Library.

Planning Grants

In March, April, and October 2017, BESE awarded planning grants to school systems who applied for funds to assist them in creating strong plans for their struggling schools.

School Redesign Summit

The School Redesign Summit, held in January 2017, 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. To learn more, visit the School Redesign library.