Fred Edora is a project management lead and Co-Director of the Rhonda Weiss Center for Accessible IDEA Data. He also has provided technical assistance to states as part of the IDEA Data Center (IDC), the Center for IDEA Fiscal Reporting (CIFR), the Center for Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy), and the Center for the Integration of IDEA Data (CIID). Mr. Edora brings over ten years of experience with data collection and reporting in various programs at the state level, including the reporting and analysis of state education and workforce data. He currently manages large projects associated with the above Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Data Centers. As well, he provides TA for special education data integration, collection, reporting, and data visualization and presents on data visualization tools, resources, and best practices.
Mr. Edora previously served as the Data Manager for the South Carolina Department of Education in the agency's Office of Special Education Services. He was the state lead for reporting of special education data for students ages 3-21, including the collection and reporting of Part B/619 data (Indicators B6, B7, and B12) of South Carolina's IDEA Part B State Performance Plan/Annual Performance Report. He provided training and technical assistance to school district Special Education Directors, Data Managers, and staff on reporting procedures several times a year.
Mr. Edora has also served in several leadership roles, committees, and workgroups during his time in state government and as a TA provider. This experience includes directing a state workgroup to integrate South Carolina's Part B and Part C data, election into the leadership of the Special Education Data Manager's Affinity Group (SEDMAG) for the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), as well as leading data analysis and research activities for the state's Part B State Systemic Improvement Plan focused on reading improvement for students receiving special education services. He also was the co-lead for IDC's Data Display Wizard for both Part B/619 and Part C, allowing users to communicate complex data to stakeholders in an easier and more user-friendly manner.