The 2018 EM:IP Cover Graphic/Data Visualization Competition

The Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice (EM:IP) Cover Graphic/Data Visualization Competition is back for its fifth year running. We’ve hoped you enjoyed seeing and reading about the winning submissions in EM:IP issues this year.

Winning Entries
Submissions were due by Friday, February 2, 2018. The winning submission(s) will be printed on a future cover of an EM:IP issue. Other strong submissions may be published online or saved for future issues. We will announce the winner(s) at the 2018 NCME conference during the NCME Breakfast meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Who can submit?
    Any NCME members
    Submissions can be created by individuals or groups of individuals
Previous Winners
What to submit?
• List of submitters’ names and affiliations
• Title of graphic/data visualization
• PDF versions of graphic in color. Please note that the graphic cannot have been previously published anywhere else.
• For a sampling of previous submissions, check out the Gallery of Top Submissions for the 2016 Cover Graphic/Data Visualization Competition in the Summer 2016 Issue of EM:IP (Vol 35, Issue 2).
• Short description (300 words max) of graphic. (See previous issues’ editorials for examples.)
• A one-sentence caption of graphic.

Who will review the submissions and select the winner(s)?
The EM:IP Editorial Board

Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:
Originality of graphic,
Visual appeal of graphic,
Extent graphic stands alone and tell its own story,
Extent graphic relates to educational measurement and policy issues and/or provides a novel visual tool to use in practice, and
Extent description is clear and provides thoughtful analysis of the figure.

Any other questions?
Email: Ally Shay Thomas at