Reading & Literacy

Essay Producer Warns of Plagiarism by Athletes

By Sean Cavanagh — February 26, 2008 1 min read
  • Save to favorites
  • Print

Online bidding—for concert tickets, used furniture, rare books—is everywhere on the Internet these days. Another item subject to Web-based auctions: school essays.

The possible use of those essays by high school sports coaches seeking to help top athletes was brought to light recently by an unusual source: a British-based company that arranges sales of those written works.

EssayBay.com, an online service run by Academic Answers Ltd., based in Letchworth, England, allows customers to request essays on various topics—and have writers bid to provide them, and suggest a fee.

See Also

For more stories on this topic see Technology.

This month, EssayBay.com issued a press release saying it had received a request from a U.S. private high school coach for seven essays on the same topic, written in different styles. The company said the coach—whom it would not identify—later explained that he was attempting to boost the college résumés of a few stellar athletes. EssayBay.com also said a recent client survey showed that more than 45 percent of its customers said they were using the service to raise academic scores to “finalize sports scholarships,” often with coaches’ consent.

John M. Barrie, the founder and chief executive officer of Turnitin, an Oakland, Calif.-based anti-plagiarism service, said it was “disingenuous” for services such as EssayBay.com to alert the public to possible academic fraud, when they in fact make it easier.

He believes his service, which enables teachers and others to check for plagiarism, can help “students to understand they’re wasting their money” on such sites.

Jed Hallam, a spokesman for Academic Answers, said writers who sell their work through EssayBay.com can require that they be credited. Many of the essays of EssayBay.com and Academic Answers—services that have stirred controversy in the United Kingdom because of their work—are used as “study guides and model answers,” Mr. Hallam added, but that depends on the buyer-seller agreement.

Even so, company officials also felt it important that the use of papers by coaches “be brought to light,” he added.

Related Tags:

A version of this article appeared in the February 27, 2008 edition of Education Week


Commenting has been disabled on edweek.org effective Sept. 8. Please visit our FAQ section for more details. To get in touch with us visit our contact page, follow us on social media, or submit a Letter to the Editor.


Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Teaching Webinar
6 Key Trends in Teaching and Learning
As we enter the third school year affected by the pandemic—and a return to the classroom for many—we come better prepared, but questions remain. How will the last year impact teaching and learning this school
Content provided by Instructure
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Student Well-Being Webinar
Attendance Awareness Month: The Research Behind Effective Interventions
More than a year has passed since American schools were abruptly closed to halt the spread of COVID-19. Many children have been out of regular school for most, or even all, of that time. Some
Content provided by AllHere
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
Ensuring Continuity of Learning: How to Prepare for the Next Disruption
Across the country, K-12 schools and districts are, again, considering how to ensure effective continuity of learning in the face of emerging COVID variants, politicized debates, and more. Learn from Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent
Content provided by Class

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Teacher Jobs
Search over ten thousand teaching jobs nationwide — elementary, middle, high school and more.
View Jobs
Principal Jobs
Find hundreds of jobs for principals, assistant principals, and other school leadership roles.
View Jobs
Administrator Jobs
Over a thousand district-level jobs: superintendents, directors, more.
View Jobs
Support Staff Jobs
Search thousands of jobs, from paraprofessionals to counselors and more.
View Jobs

Read Next

Reading & Literacy Spotlight Spotlight on Literacy in Education
In this Spotlight, evaluate the possible gaps your current curriculum may have and gain insights from the front-lines of teaching.
Reading & Literacy Opinion Teachers, More Than Programs, Make for Great Reading Instruction
Let's focus on specific teaching practices, not confusing labels like "balanced literacy," write Irene C. Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell.
Irene C. Fountas & Gay Su Pinnell
5 min read
Children reading books in front of books.
iStock/Getty Images
Reading & Literacy Creator of 1619 Project Launching After-School Literacy Program
The 1619 Freedom School, led by journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, will make its curriculum a free online resource in 2022.
4 min read
Collage of an American Flag.
Collage: Laura Baker/Education Week (Images: iStock/Getty)
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
Reading & Literacy Whitepaper
Scaffolding to Achieve Grade-Level Literacy
In this whitepaper, Curriculum Associates National Director Kandra James explores how scaffolding, the use of instructional techniques an...
Content provided by Curriculum Associates