Official Canvas Document
Canvas has developed an automated integrations between PowerSchool’s student information system and the Canvas learning management system. This integration populates Canvas with requisite data to create accounts, terms, courses, sections, and users via the SIF 2.0 data standard, as well as create assignments and post grades back into the PowerTeacher Pro Gradebook.
This FAQ document aims to answer the following questions regarding the Canvas and PowerSchool integration.
The PowerTeacher Pro Gradebook integration is a two-way integration. Assignment groups are collected from PowerTeacher Pro and then imported into Canvas. Grades are sent from the Canvas Gradebook to the PowerTeacher Pro Gradebook.
In order to use the PowerTeacher Pro integration, districts/schools must use the SIF 2.0 provisioning integration and upgrade to version 10+ of PowerSchool. Admins can contact their Customer Success Manager to discuss the PowerTeacher Pro integration in greater detail.
For information about how to use PowerTeacher Pro in Canvas, as well as frequently asked questions and troubleshooting tips, please view Instructor Help: Using PowerTeacher Pro in Canvas.
The SIF for provisioning and PowerTeacher Pro grade passback integration is used in conjunction with the grade passback LTI, a new tool in Canvas that adds assignment validation, error monitoring and reporting, and other features in this integration.
New customers can be up and running in their test environment within a couple of days once the SIF agent is installed and configured. Existing Customers will take longer because old SIS ID’s will need to be re-mapped to match PowerSchool user DCIDs. After the customer has verified the data in their test account, Canvas will begin the process of moving the data into production. New customers should expect 2–3 weeks to validate the end-to-end process. Existing customers should expect 4–6 weeks to validate the end to end process.
Note: Data accuracy is the responsibility of the customer and will not be validated by an Instructure employee. We are happy to assist with any questions during the process, but the onus of data accuracy and data validation is on the customer. Canvas will not be able to assist with the setup of either the required PowerSchool version or the required SIF Agent installation. Please contact PowerSchool support directly if you require any assistance with these items.
PowerSchool Data for Grade Pass Back
The Canvas PowerSchool Sync process will pull the following information from PowerSchool:
Note: Any changes to the above data should be managed in PowerSchool. Changes to these PowerSchool objects will automatically be reflected in Canvas upon the next pull of data. Any provisioning data created in Canvas subsequent to the PowerSchool integration will NOT be pushed back into PowerSchool.
Data is usually pulled from PowerSchool on a set schedule once per day. Grades from Canvas can be synced back to PowerTeacher Pro at the teacher's discretion, or on a nightly sync.
PowerSchool has several limitations when used in Canvas: