For the third year in a row, Colorado recorded the highest Academic Progress Rate (APR) score in school history.

The latest report is from information from 2008-09 to 2011-12. CU athletic programs scored an average of 979 out of 1,000 points, with a high of 989 last year. This is the ninth year of the APR program for Division I schools.

Of CU's 16 teams, the men's basketball team showed the most improvement, jumping 22 points from the 2010-11 school year to a score of 984 in 2011-12. The team recorded a score of 897 in 2008-09.

The football team went from 919 in 2008-09 to 946 in 2011-12. Teams below 930 are subject to penalty.

CU's other 14 programs remained above 930 for the ninth straight year. All of those teams scored 961 or better on the latest report. Three women's teams -- basketball, cross country and volleyball -- scored a perfect 1,000.

"I am extremely gratified at the continued progress of our student-athletes in the classroom," CU chancellor Philip DiStefano said in a press release.