(ERIE, N.Y. - WICU/WSEE/CW) –The Erie School District has decided to discontinue their early kindergarten entry testing for students turning five-year-old within the month of September.

Director of Pupil Services for the Erie School District Angie Kownacki told us the decision was made based on three years of district research.

She said the research showed students who started kindergarten early were more likely to struggle academically and socially.

The district was one of a few who still used this type of testing.

Kownacki said ideally, a student would be best ready for kindergarten at age five-and-a-half, and that's with pre-K exposure.

"We feel ultimately that we can meet our student’s needs, whether they're behind their peers or ahead of them." said Kownacki

This decision will go into effect immediately.