Acting Director, Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs
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Ms. Patricia A. McKee is the Acting Director of Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs (SASA), formerly Compensatory Education Programs, in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. The SASA programs office is responsible for the administration of over $15 billion annually in Title I and Title III formula grants to promote improved achievement in schools that serve low-income children and English language learners.
The Title I, Part A program administers over $14 billion annually in formula grants to State education agencies and eligible school districts to promote improved achievement in schools that serve low-income children. The Title III State Formula Grant Program makes two types of subgrants to LEAs: subgrants based on a formula reflecting the number of LEP students in the LEA, and subgrants based on significant increases in the percentage or number of immigrant children and youth in the LEA.
In addition to the Title I, Part A and Title III State consolidated grant programs, as acting director of SASA, Patricia is responsible for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Program, Enhanced Assessment Grants, and Programs for Children and Youth Who are Neglected and Delinquent, or At-Risk.
Patricia McKee began her 31-year career at the Department in the Compensatory Education Programs (CEP) office, which later became SASA. Since then, she has served in the Office of the Secretary as the Director of Scheduling and Briefing under Secretaries Bell and Bennett; directed the National School Recognition Program (now the Blue Ribbon Schools Program) and worked on the Fund for the Improvement and Reform of Schools and Teaching in the Office for Educational Research and Improvement (now the Institute for Education Sciences); served as the Executive Director of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, and returned to CEP as Branch Chief for Discretionary Grant Programs.
More recently, she served as the Group Leader for the Early Childhood and Reading group where she managed the Early Reading First Program, the Even Start Program, and the Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program before moving into SASA as the Group Leader for Monitoring. Before coming to the Department Ms. McKee was a Reading Specialist and English teacher in New York and New Jersey. While at the Department she also taught as an adjunct assistant professor in the English Department at the University of the District of Columbia. She has Masters degree in English and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Reading Education from Syracuse University.