WellSAT or WellSAT WSCC: Which is Right for my District?

Choice of a WellSAT tool depends on your purpose for school policy evaluation.

The WellSAT 3.0 is our longstanding policy evaluation tool, developed by the Rudd Center. Using the WellSAT 3.0 helps districts evaluate their federally-mandated School Wellness Policy. The tool includes items that address requirements and additional recommendations in wellness domains most associated with physical activity, nutrition, and health education.

The WellSAT WSCC 2.0 expands policy evaluation options in alignment with the comprehensive and integrated Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. The WSCC is comprehensive across wellness domains. Users can evaluate all domains, or can specify domains to create a tailored evaluation. Note that all items included in the WellSAT 3.0 are offered in the WellSAT WSCC 2.0. Users also have the option to import existing scores from the WellSAT 3.0 platform.

WellSAT 3.0
  • Physical Activity
  • Nutrition Education
  • Nutrition Standards
  • Implementation & Evaluation
  • Wellness Promotion and Marketing

WellSAT WSCC 2.0

Additional Domains:
  • Family Engagement
  • Behavioral Supports
  • Community Involvement
  • Employee Wellness
  • Health Education
  • Health Services
  • Integration & Communication
  • Safe Environment
  • Social & Emotional Climate
WellSAT WCSS: Family Engagement, Behavioral Supports, Community Involvement, Employee Wellness, Health Education, Health Services, Integration & Communication, Safe Environment, Social & Environmental Climate. Both WellSAT WSCC and WellSAT 3.0: Nutrition Education, Physical Education  Nutrition Standards,  Standards for USPA Meals,


District A is completing the triennial evaluation of their School Wellness Policy. They choose to use the complete WellSAT 3.0.


District B has decided to evaluate their policies associated with social, emotional, and behavioral supports. They choose to use the WellSAT WSCC 2.0, with selected domains in Behavioral Supports along with Social and Emotional Climate.


District C is completing the triennial evaluation of their School Wellness Policy, and is also interested in evaluating policies around employee wellness. They choose to complete the WellSAT WSCC 2.0, selecting the following domains of interest: Employee Wellness; Physical Activity; Nutrition Environment and Services; Health Education and Nutrition Education; Implementation, Integration, Communication, and Evaluation; and Wellness Promotion and Marketing.


In a nutshell, choice of tool is determined by your policy evaluation goals:

WellSAT 3.0  Meets the federal requirements in school wellness policy, and extends items in areas most closely associated with physical activity, nutrition, and health education domains.

WellSAT WSCC 2.0  User-defined evaluation to include select or all domains of wellness included in the WSCC model and is inclusive of WellSAT 3.0 items.