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Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) 2019 Main Survey

January 31, 2019

DepEd Memorandum No. 08, s. 2019



Assistant Secretaries
Bureau and Service Directors
Regional Directors
Schools Division Superintendents Public and Private Secondary Schools All Others Concerned

The Department of Education (DepEd), through the Bureau of Education Assessment (BEA), will administer the Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) 2019 Main Survey in February 2019. This is pursuant to DepEd Order No. 29, s. 2017 entitled Policy Guidelines on System Assessment in the K to 12 Basic Education Program.

SEA-PLM shall generate data on learners’ performances within countries and across the region, and help promote common standards and regional collaboration. It considers the ASEAN context including the 21st Century skills, attitude and values.

As a regional assessment, SEA-PLM aims to measure the learning outcomes of Grade 5 pupils in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Global Citizenship, reflecting ASEAN Values. Background Questionnaires for sample pupils, parents, teachers and school heads shall also be administered to gather information on social and educational contexts. The mode of administration of all SEA-PLM instruments is in paper-and-pencil format.

The results of SEA-PLM 2019 Main Survey intend to provide DepEd an additional tool in evaluating the effectiveness of the K to 12 Curriculum and its delivery systems particularly in informing and supporting education policy decisionmaking, identifying the areas of weaknesses in the educational system, utilizing results as benchmarks in gauging school effectiveness and determining alignment with regional standards.

A total of seven countries in the ASEAN Region, including the Philippines, are participating in SEA-PLM 2019, which is the first cycle of the regional assessment.

There will be a total of 16 regions, 126 schools divisions and 173 schools participating in the SEA-PLM 2019 Main Survey. The multistage sampling was a collaboration of BEA and the international contractors. The sample schools and corresponding replacement schools by region and schools division are provided in the enclosure.

The main survey shall be conducted in three batches as indicated in the table below. Moreover, the specific assessment dates per school were determined by BEA and the concerned field testing personnel.

BatchTesting PeriodRegion
1February 4-8, 2019I, II, III, Cordillera Administrative Region, National Capital Region
2February 11-15, 2019IV-A, IV-B, V, VI (Antique, Capiz, Aklan, Roxas City, Iloilo, Iloilo City), XIII (Caraga)
3February 18-22, 2019VI (Negros Occidental, Escalante City, San Carlos City, Bacolod City), VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII

The following are the required testing personnel in SEA-PLM 2019 Main Survey:

SEA-PLM Testing PersonnelRole
Regional Testing CoordinatorOverall test supervisor in the region
Division Testing CoordinatorOverall school coordinator of the sample division

Liaise between BEA and sample schools
School CoordinatorSchool heads of the sample schools

Liaise between the DTC and sample schools
Test Administrator (TA)TA in the Division; identified from non-sample school

For more information, contact the Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics Philippine Team, at telephone no. (02) 631-2591 and/or telefax no. (02) 631-6921, or email at seaplm.philippines@gmail.com.

Immediate dissemination of this Memorandum is desired.


SEA-PLM 2019 Main Survey Sample Schools and Corresponding Replacement Schools

Download Southeast Asia Primary Learning Metrics (SEA-PLM) 2019 Main Survey DepEd Memorandum


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