LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — With the start of a new school year less than a week away, the head of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) says it’s time for the district to lead.

Superintendent John Deasy Thursday addressed members of the Board of Education and nearly 1,500 principals, assistant principals and District administrators at Hollywood High School to offer his vision for both teachers and students for the 2013-14 school year.

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Citing newly-released data, Deasy said the percentage of students enrolled in advanced placement (AP) courses has increased from 12 percent to 18 percent in recent years, with 44,000 students taking the exam last year compared with a previous high of 30,000 students.

Deasy has called for the district’s traditional campuses, which are scheduled to open to students on August 13, to strive to make every graduate college-prepared and career-ready, while also setting a standard for other districts to follow when it comes to teacher assessments.

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“Priorities this year are to help the district prepare to lead the state and the nation in the implementation of the new curriculum and our new assessment system,” Deasy told KNX 1070’s Jan Stevens.

The district will also debut 131 new buildings district-wide this school year courtesy of funds from Measure Q, a $7 billion bond measure passed by voters in 2008.

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“Now we begin the seven-year process of the renovation of existing facilities,” Deasy added.