Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice

EM:IP is edited by Dr. Zhongmin Cui and published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.  See Journal Overview and Author Guidelines for more information.

EM:IP is a quarterly publication that is aimed at practitioners and users of tests, as well as professional educators, legislators, school personnel, and interested citizens. Its primary purpose is to promote a better understanding of educational measurement and to encourage reasoned debate on current issues of practical importance to educators and the public. EM:IP also provides one means of communication among NCME members and between NCME members and others concerned with educational measurement issues and practices.

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The 2024 EM:IP Cover Graphic/Data Visualization Competition

We are delighted to announce the 11th Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice (EM:IP) Cover Graphic/Data Visualization Competition! We hope you enjoyed reading about the winning submissions in previous EM:IP issues. We are searching for graphical representations of data that can convey a clear, concise, and easy-to-understand message. Your entry could be featured on the cover of a future issue!

Click here for the detailed 2024 call for submissions.

Winning Entries

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. You may re-submit an entry from a previous year’s competition. Submissions are due by 5:00 pm PST on Monday, March 4, 2024. We will announce the winner(s) at the 2024 NCME Annual Meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can Submit?

  • Any NCME members
  • Submissions can be created by individuals or groups of individuals

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What to Submit?

  • (1) A title document including:
    • Title of graphic/data visualization
    • List of submitters’ names and affiliations
    • Contact information of the corresponding author
  • (2) A stand-alone graphic in a common graphic format (e.g., PNG, JPEG, etc.)
    • Please note that the graphic cannot have been previously published anywhere else.
    • For a sampling of previous submissions, check out the Cover Gallery.
  • (3) A main document in the format of either Word or PDF including:
    • Title of the graphic/data visualization
    • A one-sentence caption of the graphic
    • The graphic
    • Short description (300 words max) of the graphic. (See previous issues’ On the Cover editorials for examples, which can be found through the Cover Gallery link.)
    • The main document will be sent out for review and should not include any author identification information.

How to Submit?

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.


NCME members can access full articles in EM:IP (1982 - present) through the Wiley Online Library. You will need to sign in before you can access full articles.

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EM:IP Cover Gallery

The EM:IP Cover Gallery displays high-resolution, full page views of cover illustrations from 2010 to the present, with links to both the journal and the article describing each visual.


Contact the Editor in Chief:

Dr. Zhongmin Cui