## Connect to ECLS–K 1998 Data

### Description

Opens a connection to an ECLS–K 1998 data file and returns an edsurvey.data.frame with information about the file and data.

### Usage

readECLS_K1998(
path = getwd(),
filename = "eclsk_98_99_k8_child_v1_0.dat",
layoutFilename = "Layout_k8_child.txt",
verbose = TRUE
)


### Arguments

 path a character value to the full directory path(s) to the ECLS–K-extracted fixed-width-format (.dat) set of data files filename a character value of the name of the fixed-width (.dat) data file in the specified path to be read layoutFilename a character value of the filename of either the ASCII (.txt) layout file of the filename within the specified path or a character value of the filename of the SPSS syntax (.sps) layout file of the filename within the specified path forceReread a logical value to force rereading of all processed data. The default value of FALSE will speed up the read function by using existing read-in data already processed. verbose a logical value that will determine if you want verbose output while the readECLS-K1998 function is running to indicate processing progress. The default value is TRUE.

### Details

Reads in the unzipped files downloaded from the ECLS–K 1998 longitudinal dataset(s) to an edsurvey.data.frame. The ECLS–K 1998–99 study consisted of three distinct separate datasets that cannot be combined: (1) Child Grades K–8 Data, (2) School Base-Year Data, and (3) Teacher Base-Year Data. The filename and layoutFilename arguments default to the corresponding Child K–8 default filenames.

### Value

an edsurvey.data.frame for the ECLS–K 1998 longitudinal dataset

### Author(s)

Tom Fink

readECLS_K2011, readNAEP, getData, downloadECLS_K

### Examples

## Not run:
# read-in student file with defaults
d <- getData(eclsk_df, c("childid", "gender", "race"))
summary(d)

## End(Not run)

## Not run: