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PowerSchool SIS as SAML Service Provider

PowerSchool can be configured as a SAML service provider for single sign-on, which allows authorized users can use the PowerSchool SIS Admin portal, the PowerSchool SIS Teacher portal, and the PowerSchool SIS Student and Parent portal as the central location from which to access their PowerSchool systems with a single set of credentials. For information about creating a SAML Service Provider plugin in order to configure the PowerSchool SIS as a SAML Service Provider, see the PowerSchool as a SAML Service Provider section of the PowerSchool Developer Site.

To set up PowerSchool SIS as SAML Service Provider, perform the following setup items in the order by which they appear.

Step 1: Enable SAML Service Provider

Use the Plugin Management Dashboard to enable the SAML Service Provider plugin. Enabling the plugin establishes the PowerSchool SIS as a SAML service provider.

  1. From the start page, choose System > System Settings > Plugin Management Configuration
  2. Select Enable/Disable next to SAML Service Provider

  3. Click Enable

Step 2: Configure SAML Service Provider

Use the SAML Service Provider Setup page to configure the settings needed for establishing a successful SSO connection between an identity provider and the PowerSchool SIS as the service provider.

  1. From the start page, choose System > System Settings > Plugin Management Configuration
  2. Click SAML Service Provider.
  3. In the External Identity Provider Settings section: 

    1. Enter the external identity provider's public URL for Entity ID.

    2. Enter the service provider's Metadata URL. The value is supplied by the service provider, which allows the IDP to communicate with the service provider application.

    3. Click View IDP Metadata to view the external identity provider's IDP Metadata, which must match what is stored in the PowerSchool SIS. This information can be used to diagnose communication issues.

  4. In the Local Service Provider Settings section, enter the local service provider's name.

  5. Click Save.

Step 3: Enable SAML Authentication

Use the SAML Authentication Setup page to enable SAML single sign-on, which allows authorized users to use the PowerSchool SIS Admin portal, the PowerSchool SIS Teacher portal, and the PowerSchool SIS Student and Parent portal as the central location from which to access their PowerSchool systems with a single set of credentials.

  1. From the start page, choose System > SAML Authentication Setup
  2. To enable SAML Single Sign-On for PowerSchool, select Enable SAML Authentication for Admin Users.
  3. To enable SAML Single Sign-On for the PowerSchool SIS Teacher portal, select Enable SAML Authentication for Teacher Users
  4. Click Submit
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