Montana parents befuddled by federal No Child Left Behind reforms or struggling with complicated immunization laws and graduation requirements have a new online resource.

The state Office of Public Instruction launched a web site Oct. 4 aimed at helping Montana parents more easily hunt down information on K-12 public school issues, such as enrollment and testing standards.

The new site (http://www.opi.state.mt.us/ parents) includes a directory of all public schools in Montana, resources on reading assistance and special-needs programs, school health and safety standards, and a how-to guide on enrolling children in public schools.

It also contains a section on homework and links to career and college resources in Montana and across the country.

“For Montana’s children to be successful students, a strong school and family partnership is essential,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Linda McCulloch said. “The purpose of this web site is to be responsive to the issues that are important to parents and their students.”

Although officially launched Oct. 4, Montana PTA members have been surfing the site and providing feedback since their annual convention in mid-September, McCulloch said.

Among the most used features are sections explaining new statewide tests and the impact of federal education reforms on Montana schools, she said.