Official Canvas Document
This document helps instructors with frequently asked questions and troubleshooting tips when Canvas is integrated with PowerSchool’s PowerTeacher Pro Gradebook.
As an instructor, you can open your PowerTeacher Pro Gradebook and then open Canvas to import grading categories. You should mirror your PowerTeacher Pro grading categories in Canvas Assignment Groups to have cross-platform consistency.
Canvas passes back any assignment, graded discussion, or quiz that includes a check mark in the Sync to SIS option. This option determines what assignments are sent to PowerSchool. The Sync to SIS option may already be selected for you; Canvas admins can enable an account-level setting that automatically enables all assignments, but you can still manually remove a check mark from any assignment that you do not want to pass back to PowerSchool.
Additionally, Canvas assignments are also subject to the following details:
If the SIS Integration feature option is enabled, validation settings can be added to Canvas requiring due dates on assignments and assignment names equal to or less than 30 characters. Talk to your Customer Success Manager about enabling the SIS Integration feature option.
For help with SIS assignments, see the following Canvas Guides lessons:
SIS functionality is also supported in the following Canvas features:
Canvas does NOT receive any grade-level information from PowerSchool. The Canvas Gradebook should be the source of all additions, changes, etc., that need to be altered in the PowerTeacher Pro Gradebook. Following this best practice allows consistent data flow between systems and accurate data in both systems.
Please be aware of the following behaviors in the Gradebook:
Canvas supports an API-based integration for the PowerTeacher Pro gradebook. The workflow is as follows:
If you don't see an option to sync grades in the Gradebook, please contact your SIS administrator or Canvas Support for assistance.
For help see the following Canvas Guides lesson:
To view grades posted from Canvas, you must refresh PowerSchool and open the Gradebook.
In order to pass grades to PowerSchool for previous courses, you need to retroactively edit the assignments, quizzes, and/or graded discussions and select the Sync to SIS checkbox in the Assignments page. Then open the Gradebook and click the Sync to PTP - [Your institution’s name] (located in the old Gradebook in the Export button; for the new Gradebook, the Action button).
Note: You may need to contact your main Canvas Admin to be able to make changes in courses where the term has already concluded.
When an instructor leaves an existing course, PowerSchool keeps track of the teacher's record and notifies Canvas accordingly. Teachers may leave a course for various reasons, such as if they leave the school for another position, a new teacher is hired, or a teacher is sick and needs to be replaced with a substitute for an indefinite period of time.
When a teacher is unenrolled from a course in PowerSchool, a deletion record is sent to Canvas with the teacher's courses and corresponding student enrollments. When a new teacher is assigned to the course, a new course record is sent to Canvas with new enrollments for the corresponding students. The new course enrollment, however, does not let the new teacher see any of the previous teacher's work, such as grades assigned to previous student submissions. To allow the new teacher to view all prior coursework, an admin needs to crosslist the new sections with the old teacher's courses.
"Canvas assignments assigned to individual students in a course or MasteryPaths via differentiated assignments do not post to PowerSchool. PowerSchool does not support this functionality. Assignments must be assigned for a specific section or for Everyone."
This is no longer true. I have assigned mastery paths and individual assignments in Canvas and they appear in PTP with no problems.