The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires school systems to develop improvement strategies for their struggling schools and to submit those strategies to the state.  The Louisiana Department of Education approves or rejects these strategies and ultimately intervenes if school improvement efforts fail.

Under ESSA, in 2018-2019 Louisiana school systems must build strategies for three types of struggling schools and submit them in the Super App:  

  • Comprehensive Intervention Required (CIR):
    Consistently low overall performance or graduation rate

  • Urgent Intervention Required Academics (UIR Academics):
    Consistently low student group performance

  • Urgent Intervention Required Discipline (UIR Discipline):
    Chronic issues with student behavior

Schools that meet these criteria are required to identify strategies for improvement as part of the school system planning process. See the list of struggling schools in each school system.

ESSA Progress To Date:

In 2017-2018, the first year under ESSA, 85 school systems submitted plans to improve their struggling schools to the state through the school redesign process, and as a result, school systems are implementing high-quality plans to improve 274 schools in 2018-2019. 

For more information on developing CIR and UIR strategies for submission in the Super App, please refer to the School System Planning Guide