Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice

EM:IP is edited by Dr. Deborah Harris 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 2021 EM:IP Cover Graphic/Data Visualization Competition

The Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice (EM:IP) Cover Graphic/Data Visualization Competition is back for its eighth year running. We’ve hoped you enjoyed seeing and reading about the winning submissions in EM:IP issues this year. Click here for the detailed 2021 call for submissions.

Winning Entries

Submissions are due by 5 PM CST Friday, February 5, 2021. 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 2021 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
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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?
    Email entries directly to the EM:IP Visual Editor at

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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Supplemental Materials

Cover Showcase

View the Cover Graphic/Data Visualization Competition past winners.

View Showcase

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.


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