In June 2001, Hilliard City Schools adopted a language arts course of study. This document is in alignment with the academic content standards for language arts that the Ohio Department of Education adopted in December 2001. The language arts course of study defines the knowledge and skills students should learn in the areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing. Benchmarks and indicators were established to determine what a student should know and be able to do by the end of each grade level.  Benchmarks are key checkpoints along the way that monitor progress toward academic content standards. They are identified by grade-level clusters/bands such as K-3; 4-5; 6-8; and 9-12. Grade-level indicators are what all students should know and be able to do at each grade level. These benchmarks/indicators can be found in the K-5 scope and sequence section of the Language Arts Course of Study.

Hilliard City Schools has established a Literacy Support Network comprised of an elementary specialist and a secondary specialist, and literacy coaches. This support network provides ongoing professional development to classroom teachers to support them in developing their understanding of the reading and writing processes by using teaching strategies that support children’s literacy learning as they implement the language arts course of study. Teachers use a comprehensive framework for literacy instruction that include a wide range of reading and writing contexts and processes.