NCAA report shows athletes still breaking academic records

Five sports programs posted their program's highest multiyear April score since the inception of the April in 2003 - baseball, football, women's basketball, women's cross country, and softball. The national average for football was 962. "Our success in this area is built on the strong collaborative effort between our student-athletes, coaches and support staff, an effort that is a source of great pride". Athletes on scholarship each semester earn one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating.

Alabama also saw five athletic programs achieve or maintain ideal multi-year APRs, with cross country the only men's sport to reach that level, while women's golf, gymnastics, swimming and diving, and tennis each achieved flawless 1,000 scores. Each year, the NCAA tracks the classroom performance of student-athletes on every Division I team through the annual scorecard of academic achievement, known as April.

In the latest multi-year rate, the women's tennis team led the way with a ideal 1,000 April.

The APR measures a team's academic performance and is calculated by reviewing variables such as eligibility, retention and graduation rates of student-athletes competing on every Division I sports team.

The Spartans' baseball team had the school's lowest performance at 965. The team's multi-year April sat at 946 in coach Tony Barbee's final season in 2013-14. Men's and women's golf carry flawless multi-year rates for the past four years as well. The 263 student-athletes to earn the honor marked the 18th straight semester K-State has placed 200 or more student-athletes on the honor roll.

The Georgia men's tennis, women's cross-country and volleyball teams all scored 1,000 points, the highest score in the April calculation scale. In 2015-16 and beyond, teams must earn a four-year April of 930 to compete in championships. Three-point improvements in baseball and football four-year rates contributed to that increase. In fact, each of the Sooners' 19 sports programs registered a multiyear April score at least 30 points above the NCAA's required minimum of 930 (four-year average; 2012-13 through 2015-16 academic years). "Our overall institutional score of 985 is the highest in program history". Teams that don't have non-championship events out of season will be required to play fewer games. This year's rates include scores from the 2012-13 through 2015-16 academic years.

The Panthers placed in the upper part the ACC in seven sports with women's tennis ranking first with the flawless score.

The Georgia gymnastics (995), men's cross-country (994), women's golf (994), women's swimming (993), soccer (993) and women's tennis (992) all earned almost ideal April scores. No Herd teams scored lower than 949.