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The Comprehensive Planning Web Application

Availability

The Comprehensive Planning web application (Comp Plan) is now available via the Pennsylvania Department of Education website. Its purpose is to serve as a single, streamlined, systematic, comprehensive planning process and plan management system for LEAs and schools within the Commonwealth.  Comp Plan will eventually replace the eStrategicPlanning (eSP) web application. However, the complete transition to Comp Plan will take several years.

Features of the online Comprehensive Planning web application include:

  • Single district level plan instead of six separate plan reports
  • School level data analysis is shared to the district level plan
  • District strategies and action steps influence school level planning
  • Single site for stakeholders district-wide to view district and all school plans
  • Streamlined user roles

Access

The first step to gaining access to Comp Plan is to ensure that you are a registered user on the PDE portal. If you are not currently registered, the steps for creating an education portal account can be found at the following link How To Become A Registered PDE User.

Registered users who have access to Comp Plan will be able to navigate to the application in two ways:

1)      Click the “My PDE” link in the left navigation. Then click the “Applications” link. My PDE Apps page will display. Select the “Comp Plan” link from the table listing the applications to which you have access.

2)      Use the “My PDE Applications” dropdown in the left navigation and select “Comp Plan” from the list of applications. Then click the “GO” button. 

Overview of Roles and Security

Local Security Administrator

Initial access to the Comp Plan web application is granted by the Local Security Administrator. Persons in this group are top-level users, responsible for the overall security of the Education Portal for their institution. The group’s primary responsibility is to manage the application administrators and all other groups below them in the hierarchy. However, it is important to mention that by default the Local Security Administrator will not have the ability to log in to the Comp Plan web application. To gain access to Comp Plan, the Local Security Administrator would have to be assigned to the Planning Leader, Author or Viewer groups, which are explained below.

If you do not know who your Local Security Administrator is please email the Comprehensive Planning support team at paplanning@caiu.org or call (717) 732-8403. Some institutions may not have a Local Security Administrator listed. In such cases consult How To Setup Initial Security For An Institution.

Comp Plan – Local Administrator

Once the Local Security Administrator is identified, the next step is to assign a Comp Plan – Local Administrator.  The Comp Plan – Local Administrator has the ability to add users who can access the Comp Plan application. The three different application groups that can be selected by the Comp Plan – Local Administrator include the Planning Leader, Author and Viewer. As with the Local Security Administrator, the Comp Plan – Local Administrator will not necessarily have the ability to log in to Comp Plan. Only assignment to one of the three available application groups will allow for direct access to the application.

If you need additional information about how to administer the Comp Plan application groups, consult the following document Comp Plan - Local Administrator -  Administering Users. If you do not know who your Comp Plan – Local Administrator is please email the Comprehensive Planning support team at paplanning@caiu.org or call (717) 732-8403.

Planning Leader, Author and Viewer

Within the Comp Plan web application, three different groups can view, edit and/or submit plans. Rights vary depending on the institution selected. The groups and rights are as follows:

Group

School Level Rights

District Level Rights

Planning Leader

View, Edit and Submit the school to which they are assigned. View all other schools in the district.

View, Edit and Submit the district level plan and all school level plans within that district.

Author

View and Edit the school to which they are assigned. View all other schools in the district.

View and Edit the district level plan and all school level plans within that district.

Viewer

View the district level plan and all school level plans in the district.

View the district level plan and all school level plans in the district.

 

A user inherits the rights of the group below them. Consequently, if a user is added to the Planning Leader group, they do not need to be added to the Author and Viewer groups as well.

Helpful Resources and Links

How To Become A Registered PDE User

How To Setup Initial Security For An Application

Comp Plan - Local Administrator:  Managing Users

PDE Log In Help & Support

Planning, Deadlines And Project Information

 

 
     


For any additional technical assistance please contact:

Help Desk
email: paplanning@caiu.org
Telephone: 717-732-8403