How WellSAT Scores Are Calculated
The WellSAT will give you two scores: a comprehensiveness score, which reflects the extent to which recommended content areas are covered in the policy;
and a strength score, which describes how strongly the content is stated. Both scores range from 0100, with lower scores indicating less content and weaker language,
and higher scores indicating more content and use of specific and directive language.
Comprehensiveness Score by section
Comprehensiveness is calculated by counting the number of items in each section rated as “1” or “2,” dividing this number by the number of policy items in the section, and multiplying this number by 100.
Strength Score by section
Strength is calculated by counting the number of items in each section rated as “2,” dividing this number by the number of policy items in the section, and multiplying this number by 100.
Total Comprehensiveness
Total comprehensiveness is calculated by adding the comprehensiveness scores of all six sections and dividing this number by six (the total number of sections).
Total Strength
Total strength is calculated by adding the strength scores of all six sections and dividing this number by six (the total number of sections).
The example below shows the calculation of sample scores for Section 1 of WellSAT 2.0.
Section 1. Nutrition Education

Rating

NEPE1

There is a standardsbased nutrition curriculum/health education or other curriculum includes nutrition.

0

NEPE2

All elementary school students receive nutrition education.

1

NEPE3

All middle school students receive nutrition education.

2

NEPE4

All high school students receive nutrition education.

1

NEPE5

Links nutrition education with the school food environment.

0

NEPE6

Nutrition education teaches skills that are behaviorfocused.

0

NEPE7

Nutrition education is sequential and comprehensive in scope.

1

Subtotal for Section 1

Comprehensiveness Score: Count the number of items rated as “1” or “2” and divide this number by 7. Multiply by 100. Do not count an item if the rating is “0.”

57

Strength Score: Count the number of items rated as “2” and divide this number by 7. Multiply by 100.

14

Comprehensiveness Score = Three items are rated as “1” and one item is rated as “2,” for a total of 4 items. Four divided by 7 equals 0.57, multiplied by 100 for a score of 57.
Strength Score = One item is rated as “2.” One divided by 7 equals 0.14, multiplied by 100 for a score of 14.
**In Section 3, some items contain three separate questions (with dropdown boxes) pertaining to regulations specific to elementary, middle and high schools.
These items will receive a score based on the average of the responses given to the three questions. Averages will be rounded up.
