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.
- 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 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.
Initiated in 2012 and supported by all SEAMEO Education Ministers and High-Officials, SEA-PLM is led by the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) and UNICEF East Asia and Pacific (EAPRO) with technical support from Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER).
The below timeline describes key moments from its inception in 2012 to its current status: