Connecting SIS Data to Empower

Updated: Feb 22, 2019

The Short Version

In most cases it is possible for Empower to communicate with your SIS (Student Information System) so that Empower can pull user data at regular intervals. This prevents districts from needing to do double entry as student populations fluxuate.


The Full Version

Below we will list the most common Student Information Systems we encounter and the details about making the connections as well as what to do if you have an unlisted SIS. In any case, contact your Empower representative to work together through this process.


Infinite Campus

  • Client will contact Infinite Campus and request a “read-only ODBC account”. Empower Learning LLC will only be accessing basic student information (class rosters, teacher information and attendance data). The deliverable will be a database “URL”, a “User Name” and “Password”. IC typically requires an IP address from the requesting server. If Empower Learning LLC is hosting for your organization, contact your Empower Learning LLC representative for the address.

  • Empower Learning LLC will complete the SIS integration within 30 days receipt of the “read-only ODBC account” (URL, user name, password) information from the client.

Note: For Districts in South Dakota using Infinite Campus, please use the special instructions found in this article.



PowerSchool

  • Client will be responsible to set up a ZIS (zone integrated server) making you SIF (school interoperability framework) compliant. The agreements and fees of obtaining a ZIS are the sole responsibility of the client.

  • Client (as an option) can contact Steve Setzer at Kimono Cloud to do this. There is a charge (Client responsibility). ssetzer@kimonocloud.com.

  • Client will be responsible to obtain the ZIS data and submit it to Empower Learning LLC. The expected format will be a url link.

  • Empower Learning LLC will complete the SIS integration within 30 days receipt of the properly formatted “ZIS data” from the client.



Other SIS with SIF agent

  • Client will be responsible to set up a ZIS (zone integrated server) making you SIF (school interoperability framework) compliant. The agreements and fees of obtaining a ZIS are the sole responsibility of the client. To set up the agent, Empower needs the following items: -AgentName: -Version: -ZoneId: -ZoneUrl: -Method: Push/Pull

  • Client (as an option) can contact Steve Setzer at Kimono Cloud to do this. ssetzer@kimonocloud.com.

  • Client will be responsible to obtain the ZIS data and submit it to Empower Learning LLC. The expected format will be a url link.

  • Empower Learning LLC will complete the SIS integration within 30 days receipt of the properly formatted “ZIS data” from the client.



Other SIS without a SIF agent

  • Client is responsible to properly complete the Import Spreadsheet, including all required fields. They are comma separated and no columns can be added or deleted. Required columns will be highlighted and must be filled out properly.

  • Client will be responsible for providing Empower Learning LLC with the completed sheets

  • Empower Learning LLC will connect to the SIS within 30 days of receipt of this information and hosting implementation.

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