Setup

PowerSchool

As part of the Unified Classroom onboarding process, PowerSchool Services will work with you to determine when Unified Classroom single sign-on (SSO) should be enabled. At your request, PowerSchool Services will enable Unified Classroom SSO for you. However, if you prefer, you can enable Unified Classroom SSO yourself using Allow Access to the Unified Classroom Setup Page and Enable and Configure Unified Classroom.

Allow Access to the Unified Classroom Setup Page

In order to navigate to the Unified Classroom Setup page, you will need to provide Full permission to your Administrator group using the Overridden Page Permissions function. Using the Unified Classroom Setup page, administrators can quickly turn off Unified Classroom SSO completely or for specific portals.

Note: It is recommend that you only enable the permission for the Administrator group.

  1. Sign in to the PowerSchool admin portal.
  2. On the start page, choose System under Setup in the main menu. 
  3. Click Groups under Security.
  4. In the Group Name column, click the name of the Administrator group you want to provide Full permission to.
  5. Click Overridden Page Permissions
  6. Enter security/unifiedclassroom.html in the Filter field.
  7. Choose Full from the Set all pages to pop-up menu.
  8. Click Submit.

For more information, see the PowerSchool online help.

Enable and Configure Unified Classroom

Use the Unified Classroom Setup page to enable and configure Unified Classroom.

Important: When Unified Classroom is enabled, it relies on changes to Teachers/pw.html and public/pw.html. Districts who have customized the Sign In pages, will need to update these pages with the latest changes before enabling Unified Classroom.

Note: The Unified Classroom Setup page is only accessible at the district level for PowerSchool hosted customers.

Note: When Unified Classroom is enabled, existing student, parent, and teacher usernames cannot be modified in both the PowerSchool admin portal, as well as the PowerSchool Student and Parent portal. If a username has not been entered, one may be entered. However, once submitted, it cannot be modified.

  1. Sign in to the PowerSchool admin portal.
  2. On the start page, click School. The Schools pop-up menu appears.

  3. Choose District Office from the School pop-up menu.

  4. Under Setup in the main menu, choose System. The System Administrator page appears.

  5. Click Unified Classroom Setup under Security.
    Note: The page will not display if you have insufficient access privileges.
  6. To enable Unified Classroom, select the Enable Unified Classroom checkbox and click Yes. When enabled, teachers, students and parents will be able to sign in to Unified Classroom. Alternately, deselect the checkbox to disable Unified Classroom. When disabled, teachers, students and parents will no longer be able to sign in to Unified Classroom.
  7. If the Enable Unified Classroom checkbox is selected, enter information as needed:
    • Redirect Teachers to the Unified Classroom Sign In: Select the checkbox and click Yes to redirect teachers to the Unified Classroom when they sign in to the PowerTeacher portal. 
    • Redirect Students and Parents to the Unified Classroom Sign In: Select the checkbox and click Yes to redirect students and teachers to the Unified Classroom when they sign in to the PowerSchool Student and Parent portal.
    • Unified Classroom External Hostname: The protocol, hostname and port for the common portal URL. The default is set to https://classroom.powerschool.com.
      Note: This setting in only applicable if you are in Test Server mode. For more information about Test Server mode, contact PowerSchool Hosting.
  8. Click Submit

For more information, see the PowerSchool online help.

PowerTeacher Pro

Migrate Data to PowerTeacher Pro

PowerTeacher Pro provides a method for you to migrate existing assignments created in PowerTeacher Gradebook (PTG) for the current year.

For more information on the migration process, see the PowerTeacher Pro Data Migration Guide for PowerSchool 11.x available on PowerSource.

The following conditions must be met to successfully migrate assignment data:

  • The PowerSchool administrator has set the Gradebook Type to PowerTeacher Pro for the section for the current year (in PowerSchool, sign in at the District level, go to District Setup > PowerTeacher Pro Settings > Default Gradebook Type).
  • No assignments have been created in Unified Classroom. If assignments have been created, they must be deleted prior to migrating from PTG.
  • No assignments exist in PowerTeacher Pro.
  • Assignments exist in PTG for the current year.

If these conditions are met, the first time you navigate to the PowerTeacher Pro Assignments list page, a Migrate Data to PowerTeacher Pro screen appears.

Note: The migration will not be triggered from the Unified Classroom Assignments page. The PowerTeacher Pro Assignments page must be accessed via PowerTeacher Portal.

  1. Sign in to Unified Classroom.
  2. On the navigation bar, click Quick Links.
  3. Select PowerTeacher Portal Home.
  4. On the PowerTeacher Portal navigation bar, click PowerTeacher Pro.
  5. On the Migrate Data to PowerTeacher Pro dialog, click Migrate.
    • A checkmark appears next to the class when the migration is successfully completed.
    • A yellow exclamation marks appears next to the class if data was migrated but changed in some manner from the records in PowerTeacher Gradebook. Look at the Summary tab for more information regarding the failure.
    • A red exclamation mark appears next to the class if errors were encountered during the migration.
  6. Click Summary to view a log of any migration errors.
  7. Click Print to either print the log, or save it as a PDF to send to your PowerSchool administrator.
  8. Sign out of Unified Classroom, then sign in again.

If assignments do not migrate, those assignments will need to be recreated in Unified Classroom.

  1. View the assignment details in the Summary tab.
  2. Find the failed assignments in PowerTeacher Gradebook.
  3. Copy the values from PowerTeacher Gradebook into a new assignment in Unified Classroom.

If no assignments migrate successfully for a section, you must create at least one assignment to prevent the migration prompt from reappearing.