Standardized testing in schools has long been a controversial method of measuring success and readiness. Such tests are claimed to be important indicators of not only student achievement and aptitude, but also the effectiveness of teaching done by teachers and parents. However, some standardized test scores have proven that tests that have been put into place to help prepare children for the next academic phase in their lives, are no longer determining or being used for their original intentions. Although standardized testing is widely used across the nation, the negative impacts on teachers, parents, and students far outweigh the positive results that they are commonly thought to bring.When most people think of standardized testing, one or two tests during elementary school and one or two more during high school may come to mind. They don’t realize that these types of tests start in the pre-kindergarten years and do not end until one’s senior year of high school. Based on information given by the South Carolina State Department of Education website, during four-year-old and five-year-old kindergarten, the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) test and the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA) test are given twice a year to measure overall placement before beginning the school year and to determine readiness for the child to move on further. A Gifted and Talented assessment is given to children in the second grade to determine advanced placement throughout the rest of their years in primary school. When children reach the third grade, the SCREADY and SCPASS is administered in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics. For grades four through eight, the SCREADY and SCPASS is administered with alternation between the subjects of Science for grades four, six, and eight, and Social Studies for grades five and seven. During high school, each child is required to take an End-of-Course exam for Algebra 1, English 1, Biology 1, US History and the Constitution and the English 2 field test, along with the Career Readiness Assessment (R2W), all which are courses that have to be taken in order to graduate. The SAT and ACT also have to be taken through the midst of these for the ability to apply to college in the future.