Smart Automated Assessment

A reliable, objective tool to improve student outcomes
Connecting teachers and students to nurture good writing
No training needed

How It Works

Our software helps your students improve their writing. Students can submit as many drafts as they need to work on the key elements of good writing: organization, clarity, supporting an argument with evidence, and analysis.

Our software is responsive to student needs. It provides real-time feedback when the student is focused on writing.

Using the software is easy. No training is required. Teachers can add assignments in a matter of minutes.Students can submit an assignment and receive feedback in less than a minute.

To see how the software works, check out the video.

Key Features

Fully automated assessment: software that grades a student's essay as a teacher would, giving feedback within a minute. Set up is easy, with no sample essays required.

Extra practice: students can submit as many drafts as they need. More practice leads to better outcomes.

Use your own prompts: our algorithm doesn't have to be trained, so you can create your own questions for your course.

Student analytics: identify important student or class-wide trends from your home screen. Better insights to help you focus on what needs the most attention.

Spelling and grammar: integrated help on topical elements that students can address themselves. Teachers can focus on content because they don't have to check for basic mistakes.

Why We’re Different

Our automated assessment is smart.

We offer a single software platform that helps teachers develop good writers. By automating the things that are time consuming, we allow teachers to do what they're best at. In addition to helping students improve, we reduce teacher fatigue by giving them a reliable tool that provides consistent, objective feedback.

Unlike other products, our software evaluates papers in the same way teachers do. Feedback is targeted to help students improve the underlying elements of good argumentation. Our analytics helps teachers identify quickly where students need the most help. Our plagiarism detection evaluates work based on each student's unique.

Teachers and students can get started in minutes. Assignments can be added immediately; our algorithm doesn't have to be trained. Detailed feedback is given in less than a minute.



  • Reliable - ecree matches a human expert.
  • Fair - Every student is assessed equally.
  • Sustainable - Reduce fatigue from grading drafts.
  • Easy to use - Less than 10 minutes to set up.


  • Engaged - Feedback on your writing in real time.
  • Responsive - Get as much help as you need when you need it.
  • Impact - Become a better writer.






Impact on Learning

ecree is effective and easy to use. Students who receive feedback from the software consistently improve their overall writing.

We are constantly testing how our software affects student outcomes. We are committed to sharing our results. You can download the case studies we've completed and the peer reviewed papers we've written.

Our Story So Far

Our goal is to help students become better writers by helping teachers spend more time working with their students.

We've been both students and teachers. We know how frustrating it can be to receive vague feedback a long time after a paper has been submitted. We also know that providing students with high quality feedback is difficult given the limited time teachers have these days. We have spent our weekends grading. We've faced the dilemma of wanting to give our students more feedback without having the time to do so.

So we set out to enhance the relationship between students and teachers. We give students a resource that they can access on their schedules. For teachers, we provide a virtual learning resource that can help students improve their drafts so their final papers are as strong as they can be.

To learn more about us, take a look at the video. You can also read a bit more about our founders.

The Founders

Jamey Heit
Jamey Heit, PhD
The Literature Professor

Dr. Heit taught his first course in English Composition during his first Master's degree program at Princeton, and ended up with two Master's degrees from Princeton. From there he earned a PhD with honors at Glasgow University in the Humanities. Along the way he has published multiple books, presented his work at major international conferences, and taught thousands of students how to be better writers. He has graded more than 20,000 essays and has focused his expertise on helping students improve their writing.


Robin Donaldson
Robin Donaldson, PhD
The Computer Scientist

Robin has been fascinated with computers and figuring out how things worked since he was a kid. Using a book on computer programming that he bought after saving $50 from his allowance, at the age of 12 he learned how to build software and web sites. Throughout his career, he has dedicated his passion and talents in computer science to build technological resolutions to issues in some of the world's most challenging industries, including genetics, cellular biology and health care. Now, Robin has co-founded ecree.



We offer simply pricing to help you plan.

If you are interested in using our software, you are welcome to try it out for a term at no charge. If you want to adopt our software after your trial period, each student costs $15/year.

For institution-wide adoption, please contact us for volume pricing.


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How much does ecree cost?
We offer simple, predictable pricing. A subscription costs $15 per student per year.
Can my school try ecree out before purchasing a subscription?
We offer a trial period for anyone who is interested in using ecree. Please contact us if you are interested in a trial.
What is included in the trial?
During the trial period, you get access to all of ecree’s features. We want you to know exactly what to expect if you decide to purchase a subscription.
Am I restricted to using a list of pre-defined essay prompts?
No, our technology allows you to add as many of your own prompts as you want.
How easy is it to get set up?
Using our software is easy. In less than 10 minutes you can get your classes set up and your questions added.
What are the requirements to use the service as a teacher?
We require all teachers to be affiliated with an educational institution. When you sign up, please enter the institution that you are affiliated with. As part of the sign up process for teachers, we will verify your affiliation with an institution.
I'm a private tutor. Can I still use ecree?
Yes, we are happy to work with private tutors. Please contact us at or message us via the web site if you are a private tutor who would like to use ecree.
I’m an administrator for my school and I’m interested in giving all of my teachers access to ecree. What should I do?
We are happy to work with administrators to give their teachers access. Please send us an e-mail at or message us via the web site and we’ll walk you through the process of getting your institution set up.


I’d like to use ecree to help me with my writing, but my school doesn’t use the software. What can I do?
Right now you must be a student at one of the schools that uses ecree. If you’d like your school to sign up, please have someone from your school contact us.
When I try to create my account, I don't see my institution. What should I do?
Please let us know by contacting us at or message us via the web site.
My teacher just assigned me an essay question that isn't in your system. Can I still use ecree?
If you don't see your essay question in our system and you are in a class that is using ecree, you need to have your teacher add that essay question to the system.
I'd like some feedback on my creative writing. Can ecree help?
Our software is designed to assess academic writing. It does not (yet) provide accurate feedback on creative writing.

Technical Questions

What file types can I submit?
We accept Word Documents (.doc and .docx), Rich Text Files (.rtf) and plain text files (.txt). You can submit your file from your computer or a cloud-based storage site (Dropbox, Box, Google Drive/Docs, Amazon Cloud or Microsoft OneDrive).
Is there a maximum length for my paper?
Yes, you can only submit papers that are 3,000 words or less.
How many essays can I submit?
You can submit up to 40 essays a month. If you need more submissions, please e-mail us at
I uploaded the wrong file. What should I do?
You can resubmit the correct file. We give you a high usage cap so that you don't have to worry if you submit the wrong file.
How do I delete my account?
To delete your account, log in and click on your name, then click View Profile. You will then see a button “Delete Account.”

About ecree

How does ecree grade my paper and give feedback?
Our algorithm uses dozens of metrics to capture over 1,000 data points per typed page. These metrics are the same things that a human looks for when grading your paper: organization, argumentation, use of evidence, and staying focused. Because our software analyzes the same metrics a human would, we can provide feedback on the content of your paper.
How does ecree help me improve my writing?
Students who used our software have shown consistent improvement in their scores. Whether you're trying to improve your writing for a class or studying for a standardized test, ecree will help you on the most important elements of good writing: organization, argumentation, use of evidence, and staying focused.
Does ecree really work?
You can download a peer-reviewed study that discusses our impact on student writing. You can also show them the videos on our website. If they're still uncertain, have them contact us.
How are you different than other products?
Unlike other automated assessment programs, our algorithm doesn't need to be trained with hundreds of example papers for you to use. Teachers can set up their courses in a matter of minutes. Students can upload papers and get results in less than a minute.
Can I use ecree with my LMS of choice (e.g. Canvas)?
Right now ecree is only available with Canvas. We will be integrating with other LMS systems in the near future.