Assessment (Monitoring and Evaluation)

Children tasting fruits and vegetables

Refer to these resources for monitoring implementation and measuring the impact of your local school wellness policy.

Resource to Sustain and Strengthen Local Wellness Policy Initiatives (PDF | 3.6 MB)

National Food Service Management Institute.

A guide to help school districts conduct an evaluation of local wellness policies. This guide details step-by-step instructions for conducting an evaluation, deciding what the results mean, and communicating the findings to stakeholders.

School Health Index

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Based on CDC’s Coordinated School Health model for improving students’ health and learning, the SHI measures how well schools address eight components of school health. This comprehensive tool will help you to evaluate where your school stands and will guide your team in determining priorities and developing goals.


Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.

The Wellness School Assessment Tool (WellSAT) can be used to assess the quality of the school district’s wellness policy, and provides personalized guidance and resources for making improvements, based on the assessment. This tool focuses on district-level wellness policies, but can be easily adapted to measure wellness practices at an individual school.

Changing the Scene - Improving the School Nutrition Environment (PDF | 3.85 MB)

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

This paper survey includes an improvement checklist, handouts, and sample documents that can be used to support your efforts.

Fuel Up to Play 60 School Wellness Investigation

Fuel Up to Play 60.

This is designed for schools using the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, however this tool may be used to support any school’s wellness efforts.

Healthy Schools Program Inventory

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

This tool helps schools assess their strengths and weaknesses. To use this tool, wellness teams must sign their schools up with the Healthy Schools Program, a six-step process that helps schools improve their wellness environments.

Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition Assessment Survey (PDF | 3.5 MB)

Rhode Island Action for Healthy Kids.

This tool is a good starting point for your school wellness team to “take inventory”, plan, and strategize how to improve the nutrition and physical activity environments.

Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A self-assessment and planning guide designed to help school districts and schools conduct clear, complete, and consistent analyses of physical education curricula, based upon national physical education standards.