Teacher tosses out homework after alleged online cheating

By WEEK Producer

April 9, 2014 Updated Apr 9, 2014 at 10:44 PM CDT

MOUNT CARMEL, Ill -- A school district in southern Illinois is trying to make sure its students are actually doing their own homework -- not getting it off a website.

Mount Carmel high school has stopped grading take-home math homework, after teachers discovered some students were copying answers from a free website called Slader.com.

Administrators believe some students were using the site for homework help. But others who used Slader aced their homework --- but failed exams -- suggesting some could be misusing it.

"It's not fair," said one student. "I don't think it's fair cause I do my work and I get good grades for it so I don't want other people getting good grades for something they didn't do."

"I thought it was fair," said another student. "It's the internet. We can use electronics and stuff, so why can't we just use a computer?"

Not knowing how widespread the problem might be, administrators have decided to nix grades on take-home homework.

Instead -- teachers are relying solely on tests and in-class assignments to get a true picture of students' comprehension.