High school juniors across Nebraska took the ACT Tuesday

State testing for high school juniors got underway Tuesday.

About 23,000 public school students across Nebraska took the ACT exam, a college-entrance exam the state uses as one of its state assessments.

Most of them tested Tuesday.

This is the second year for statewide ACT testing, paid for by the state.

State lawmakers in 2016 voted to replace the 11th-grade NeSA assessments with a standard college admissions test.

Members of the Nebraska State Board of Education selected the ACT.

The ACT tests knowledge of English, math, reading, science and writing.