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 2023 EM:IP Cover Graphic/Data Visualization Competition

The Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice (EM:IP) Cover Graphic/Data Visualization Competition is back for its tenth year running. We hope you enjoyed seeing and reading about the winning submissions in EM:IP issues. Your entry could be on a future issue! Click here for the detailed 2023 call for submissions.

Winning Entries

Submissions are due by 5 PM PST Monday February 6, 2023. 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 2023 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?
  • Email entries directly to the EM:IP Visual Editor at yuan-ling.liaw@iea-hamburg.de.

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.


Email: Yuan-Ling Liaw