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Notre Dame was tops among Football Bowl Subdivision schools with 12 teams earning perfect 1,000 scores in the Academic Progress Rate statistics that the NCAA released Tuesday.

The Irish had eight men's teams – basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, lacrosse, tennis, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field – and four women's teams – cross country, golf, softball and swimming and diving – earned perfect scores.

This is the second straight year that Notre Dame's 12 perfect scores led FBS programs. Stanford was second with 11, and Duke was third with 10.

The Irish also had the most perfect scores in 2009 with nine. All 26 Irish athletics programs exceeded the NCAA's APR minimum standards.

Notre Dame had 10 other teams with scores of 991 or better: women's rowing (998), men's swimming and diving (997), women's lacrosse (997), women's volleyball (995), men's soccer (994), women's indoor track and field (994), women's outdoor track and field (994), baseball (992), women's tennis (991) and men's ice hockey (991).

Notre Dame's football team had a 973.

The 2013 report released by the NCAA features a four-year compilation of APR data from the 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. The APR uses a series of formulas related to student-athlete retention and eligibility to measure the academic performances of all participants who receive grants-in-aid on every team at every NCAA Division I college and university.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester, by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes both retention at institution and academic eligibility in its calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.