There are several regional large-scale assessment systems in the world such as Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality of Education (LLECE) (Latin America); Analysis Programme of the CONFEMEN Education Systems (PASEC) (West Africa); Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality (SACMEQ) (Eastern and Southern Africa); UWEZO Assessment in Literacy and Numeracy (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda); Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) Survey (South Asia); and the Pacific Islands Literacy and Numeracy Assessment (PILNA) (Pacific Islands). SEAPLM joins the list as the first regional assessment for Southeast Asia, covering Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.
Following international assessment standards, the SEA-PLM’s pioneering work needs to be tested in each participating country in order to ensure that the items and procedures are appropriate, feasible and nationally relevant before carrying out the main survey.
The SEA-PLM field trial ensures the items and procedures are appropriate, feasible and nationally relevant. A convenience sample of 1800 students is used to conduct the field trial in 2015–2017.
The SEA-PLM main survey will provide information on student learning outcomes. Planned tentatively for 2018–2019, it will use a representative sample of 5000 students.
- In dark blue: Engagement at the regional and national levels with the field trialling of SEA-PLM
- In light blue: Engagement at the regional level with representation in the SEA-PLM Regional Steering Committee