How Student SSO Works

Single sign-on (SSO) is a time-saving tool that allows users to access multiple applications with one set of login credentials.

With Xello SSO, students and educators can log in to a portal, such as Google, a Learning Management System (LMS), or a Student Information System (SIS), and then access their Xello account without a separate login. In the background, Xello receives data to verify the identity of the user and securely authenticate their access.

FYI: For a high-level overview of what SSO is and how it works, watch this video: Single Sign On with Xello (1:45).

Once SSO is Set Up

Once data integration with your SIS is complete, you and your Onboarding Manager can start the student SSO setup process. It’s important to note that Xello is not an identity provider, which means the data does not reside with the program. Rather, Xello is an identity consumer that authenticates a user’s information by verifying the account with the identity provider (an LMS, for example).

Once SSO is set up, you’ll receive a unique URL that can be shared with students or posted as a hyperlink on the LMS or school/district website. Alternately, in some Learning Management Systems a Login to Xello option will be made available in the application menu once setup is complete.

It’s important to note that Xello generates unique usernames and passwords for all students during the data integration process, even if your district opts for SSO. Students won’t need usernames and passwords to access Xello; however, they’ll still be able to log in at with these credentials.

Note: If your district is not on daily data transfers, you may find that a student cannot login through SSO. If a student tries to log in to Xello through SSO and the account isn’t recognized, they’ll be directed to a “portfolio linking” page where they can use their Xello username and password to log in to the program at If the login is successful, Xello will associate the student’s token (email or other verification) with the student’s account, and they’ll be able to use SSO moving forward.

Set up SSO with One of Our Partner Options

Xello has partnered with many SSO providers to make implementation of SSO in Xello as simple as possible. Click the name of your identity provider or LMS in the below list to find Xello SSO setup instructions for IT staff:

If you do not see the name of your SSO provider here, please let your Onboarding Manager know and we'll be more than happy to arrange a time to discuss your unique SSO implementation.

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