The Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) is a regional assessment aiming at setting a common approach to assessing learning outcomes at primary grade 5 students.
Programme Impact: Countries from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) have an enhanced understanding of factors affecting learning achievements in primary education and take actions to ensure that all children achieve meaningful learning outcomes.
This goal will be pursued through three complementary outcomes:
- Enhanced capacity to generate and analyse data at regional, national and sub-national levels.
- Enhanced capacity to utilise assessment data for education improvement and more equitable learning outcomes at regional, national and sub-national levels.
- Enhanced ASEAN and SEAMEO integration and collaboration in the education sector.
Led through cooperative tradition among Ministries of Education in the region, SEA-PLM emerges as a project between the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), committed to improving the quality of education through regional collaboration towards a more equitable and meaningful education for all children across the region.
In line with SEAMEO 7 Priority Areas 2015-2035, SEA-PLM’s inclusion in the ASEAN Education Work Plan 2016-2020 further signifies its role as one of the key mechanisms to help achieve the regional goal of enhancing equitable opportunities to quality education and learning outcomes, recognized by Southeast Asian Ministers of Education.
The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) supports this initiative through technical advice and provision of capacity development based on its extensive experience in assessment and quality education.
- SEA-PLM is the only multi-country assessment of Global Citizenship in the context of Southeast Asia.
- It is the first assessment in the world to assess writing across languages and scripts.
- The SEA-PLM framework and items have been developed analyzing countries’ curricula from the entire Southeast Asian region.
- The development of the SEA-PLM is the result of a close collaborative work with the SEAMEO Member Countries.
- It is embedded into national systems and structures building capacity with government Ministry representatives.
- Rasch and SOLO Taxonomy are applied to develop and gauge the item response.