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:

  • Identifies persistently struggling schools

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

  • Funds 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) support school systems as they build and execute plans to improve their struggling schools. In 2017-2018 school systems submitted applications in two rounds, and BESE approved more than $23 million to support high-quality plans.

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


In May 2018, the Louisiana Department of Education and Johns Hopkins University launched the Louisiana High School Redesign Cohort. This Cohort includes 31 high schools—alternative and traditional—that will work together to re-think the core components of their high school design. The redesign cohort will provide an opportunity for selected high schools to collaborate with their peers and national experts on how to prepare students for the 21st century. This cohort will reimagine both structure and services to maximize positive student outcomes, and facilitate high schools preparing students for post-secondary and careers.

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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