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Stepping Stones to Problem Statements
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“If I had only one
hour to save the
world, I’d spend
55 min. defining
the problem and
5 minutes finding a
solution.”
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Objectives
• Understand the problem statement is
the crux for intentional planning
• Evaluate problem statements using guiding
criteria
• Formulate a meaningful problem
statement for your campus
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The Problem Statement is a factual statement that
describes data results.
Data Analysis
(What)
Implementation
and Monitoring
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Needs
Assessment
(Why)
Improvement
Plan
(How)
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De
Average annual attendance for the campus is 88%
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Guidelines for Defining
the Problem
 Has a general problem been identified?
 Do we collectively agree it is a problem?
 How is the problem relevant to our
campus?
 What are the details around the
problem?
 Is the problem based on real data?
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Guidelines for Writing
the Problem Statement
Use concise language
Write objectively
Identify specifics such as who, what, when
and where
Capture measurable data
Choose words carefully
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What to avoid
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Transformation HS Problem Statement:
Average annual attendance for the campus is 88%.
Criteria
Y/N
Substantiated by facts/data
Written objectively
Uses concise language
Includes specific details (who, what, when,
where)
Focuses on a single, manageable issue
Has relevance to our campus
Avoids causation or assigning solutions
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 Our 9th grade parents are not involved.
 Our 9th grade parent nights are not well
attended.
 Our 9th grade parent night has a 41%
attendance rate at the beginning of school,
then attendance diminishes to an average
of 11% for the remainder of the year.
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Attendance at 9th grade Family Night has
decreased by 30% over the school year.
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We need to have more engaging lessons
to increase student attendance
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Walk-through data in our 6th grade
science classes indicates 45%
engagement among students.
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Student-centered learning
objectives are not included in lesson
plans over the last nine weeks.
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1) Look at data
2) Identify problem area or gap
3) Write your problem statement
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ownership
common
acceptance
measurable terms
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A problem properly stated
is half solved.
John Dewey
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