Study: Unoriginal writing down 33%

Turnitin today announced a new eight-year study analyzing the levels of unoriginal content in student writing among U.S. high schools using Turnitin. The study, which groups schools by state, indicates that schools using Turnitin reduced unoriginal writing by 33 percent over the course of the study’s time span. Forty-three of the 50 states show reductions ranging up to 83 percent.

The study analyzes over 36 million student papers from 2,862 high schools to determine the percent change in papers that contain more than 50 percent unoriginal content. To view an interactive map with the study results and methodology, visit

To download a detailed report, visit:

Turnitin will discuss the findings in the report during a 30-minute webcast on Thursday, October 10. To register for the webcast, visit