SEA-PLM 2019 Main Regional Report: Children’s learning in 6 Southeast Asian countries

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Reading achievement, Writing achievement, Mathematics achievement, Global citizenship, Equal education, Year 5, International programs, Tests


The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) undertook the statistical analysis and prepared the preliminary version of Chapters 2 to 4. ACER’s experts were also involved in reviewing and editing the final version of the full report. A full list of ACER’s experts involved in the preparation of the Main Regional Report is included in Appendix 5.


The Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) aspires to provide a world-class student learning assessment for the region, catering to the needs and context of different countries. The first cycle of this assessment, conducted in 2019 with six participating countries, sought to find out what Grade 5 children know and can do in reading, writing and mathematics. For the first time, global citizenship attitudes, values and behaviours of children were also measured by a large-scale learning assessment at primary education level.

Place of Publication

Bangkok, Thailand


United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) & Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO)

Geographic Subject

Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Southeast Asia, Vietnam