The Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics Program: Thinking Globally in a Regional Context
In the Asia-Pacific region, many countries have national-level learning assessment systems, however, the performance of these systems varies widely. Challenges include organizational coordination, capacity, and effective use of results. It is with these challenges, and the SDG 4 agenda in mind, that the Southeast Asian Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) program was established, with the aim to help Southeast Asian countries monitor quality education.
SEA-PLM is the first cross-national assessment program for countries in Southeast Asia. It has been designed to allow countries to actively develop, implement, monitor and report on the quality of learning in their countries. It allows countries to better understand and utilise the data and results, particularly to improve evidence-based policy to address education shortfalls or challenges in national systems – particularly in terms of learning outcomes – and to better align curriculum and pedagogy to ensure effective, relevant and quality education.
This publication is the third in a series of topical case studies initiated jointly by the Network on Education Quality Monitoring in the Asia-Pacific (NEQMAP) at UNESCO Bangkok and the Australian Council for Educational Research, Centre for Global Education Monitoring (ACER-GEM). It provides a detailed overview of the efforts and progress made by SEAMEO, UNICEF and the countries involved in the development, capacity building and implementation of the SEA-PLM program.
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