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)

Institute of Child Nutrition.

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.

The 2014 SHI is an online self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. Based on CDC’s Coordinated School Health model for improving students’ health and learning, the SHI measures how well schools address six health topics: nutrition, physical activity, unintentional injury and violence prevention, tobacco use prevention, asthma, and sexual health. This comprehensive tool will help you to evaluate where your school stands and will guide your team in determining priorities and developing goals.

School Health Index (Healthy Schools Program version)

Alliance for a Healthier Generation.

The Healthy Schools Program website hosts a version of the School Health Index that addresses two health topics: nutrition and physical activity. It also includes resources, access to national experts, and opportunities to earn national awards from the Alliance in addition to the USDA's HealthierUS School Challengeand Let's Move! Active Schools.


UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity.

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. This tool focuses on district-level wellness policies, but can be easily adapted to measure wellness practices at an individual school.

The Rudd Center's WellSAT-i measures wellness policy implementation. The WellSAT-i is currently a working draft.
Download WellSAT-i (PDF | 711 KB)

It is recommended that the WellSAT-i be used in it's entirely; however, if this is not possible, the components below may be used individually.

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.

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.