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Powerschool v21.11 - New Features


New Top Navbar, Manage Profile and Quick Data

The top Navbar icons have changed slightly but still do the same thing ( eg. Print )

The Personalize menu item has been removed, instead use Manage Profile from the User icon at the top right. This is used to view your profile details and set the initial student screen and various Interface and Smart Search options.

Users can personally disable the Quick Data boxes on right by clicking the cog and unticking the two checkboxes

Student / Staff / Parents tabs replaced by a single drop-down menu.

Direct field search on commonly used fields

Search term building - search terms build as you enter them and can be removed individually or a new search started with Clear All.

NOTE: this makes the search more like spreadsheet filtering than the previous search behaviour, where a new search would be performed.

Quick Search alphabet is turned off by default - users can enable it personally via Manage Profile

Live Smart Search - as you type, provides all possible solutions which you can add individually to the current selection or select all by clicking Return

Note: Smart Search is enabled by default - a user can disable it via Manage Profile

Advanced Search moved to drawer on right to separate it and make it easier to see the impact on the current selection

For more information, click the Help ? icon to the right of the search bar.

Parents -> Contacts

Instead of each student having mother/father information ( repeated for each sibling ), parent Contacts are now their own entity. They also have their own Portal accounts ( rather than sharing between a family ), but only if they have specified a valid email address. SSO will be implemented for these Parent Contacts during the summer of 2022.

Now to view the parents of a student, Admin users should not use the Parents pages, but should instead use the Contacts screen. This displays the name, email, relationship, main phone number, address and whether or not the child lives with them ( main/secondary family ). If the Contact has a Portal account associated with them, Data Access will be ticked. image8.png


Changes in PowerTeacher are just cosmetic and there are no changes in PowerTeacher Pro

Start Page icons


Manage Profile

The Personalize menu item has been removed, instead use Manage Profile from the User icon at the top right. This is used to view your profile details and set the initial student screen.

There is a new option in Manage Profile to show the course section number on the Start Page image6.png

If set to yes, the section number column appears in the Current Classes list


There is a slight change to the way you can build email lists of students and/or parents to copy/paste into an email. image12.png

First use the Select/Deselect toggle to select all students and/or Student Contact Addresses (parents). Optionally, you can then remove any single email items you don't require in the list. The list at the bottom will change dynamically depending on your selections. Once complete, click the Copy button to copy to your clipboard for pasting into your email.

In the Admin Portal, this can be invoked as before, using group function Build Email Lists.

In the Teacher Portal, it can be invoked directly from the new Email List icon on the Start Page - all students in all your classes will be available to select from. Alternatively you can select Student Information for a single class and select the Email Addresses menu link.

It is not currently possible to generate these email lists from PowerTeacher Pro.