Using Your Scores:



How can I use the results? 

You will receive a personalized "scorecard" containing details of how well the district policy you coded scored on each section of the survey. After receiving the scorecard, celebrate the strengths you identified. Next, visit our resources section for guidance about how to work on areas that are weak. 


How should I communicate the results?

It is important to communicate that the scores should not be interpreted like letter grades. We tested this tool in 2018 in a sample of 50 school districts around the country and the average comprehensiveness score was 54 and the average strength score was 33.

It will be useful to put the policy scores in this context when you provide feedback to the district. If you're coding a number of policies in the same state, it may also be helpful to compare each district to the average for the state.

You can find the distribution and mean scores for each item in our national sample of 50 policies here


How can I assess the practices at my school? 

The Centers for Disease Control has created an online self-assessment and planning tool called the School Health Index. This tool can be found on the CDC website at 

The SHI reflects the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model. (add link to:, so it includes components that go beyond the scope of WellSAT 3.0 items. 


How can researchers measure implementation?

The Rudd Center has developed a series of interviews that researchers can use to assess policy implementation. These interviews are designed to match each item of the WellSAT 3.0.  

If you are interested in using the tool, please contact Marlene Schwartz at