- Why Math Fact Fluency Matters
Why Math Fact Fluency Matters
Unblock the path to higher mathematics.
What is math fact fluency?
Math fact fluency is the quick and effortless (automatic) recall of basic math facts in all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). When students achieve automaticity, they can retrieve math facts from their long-term memory without conscious effort or attention (or counting on their fingers!). Fact fluency not only saves students time but also significantly impacts their future math success.
The importance of math fact fluency
Extensive research has demonstrated the critical role of math fact fluency in elementary school-level mathematics and beyond. When students develop fact fluency, they free up their working memory to retrieve math facts with little effort, which allows them to devote more time to advanced problem-solving and learning new skills.
Multiple studies underscore why fluency matters, one reason including that fact retrieval speed is a significant predictor of performance on standardized tests. Additionally, fact fluency predicts performance on math concept problems, word problems, data interpretation problems, and mathematical reasoning items.
How Reflex helps with building math fact mastery
The Reflex system combines research-proven methods and innovative online technology to provide the most effective math fact fluency solution available. Reflex continuously monitors each learner’s math performance to help students of all levels develop math fact fluency and keeps students motivated thanks to engaging games and frequent rewards for effort progress. With Reflex's reporting features, educators have everything they need to monitor and celebrate individual and classroom fact fluency progress.
A few factors behind Reflex’s success:
The system is based on a fact family approach that builds on and reinforces important mathematical concepts such as the commutative property and the relationship between the operations. When students understand the conceptual connections between facts, their progress to automaticity is accelerated.
Reflex is highly adaptive and individualized so that students of all ability levels have early and ongoing success. In addition, the system consistently rewards students for both their effort and progress toward automaticity. They come to understand that if they are willing to put in the work, they really can succeed in math.
Reflex interactive fluency development games are different. Unlike typical math fact games, they require students to engage in increasingly complex and fast-paced decision-making. Once students answer facts fluently while achieving game objectives, you can be confident they are ready to learn new math concepts in your classroom.
What People Say About Reflex
Reflex provides my students with the opportunity to grow and make gains with their math facts. They see the progress they have made and it’s been a confidence booster for them. I have seen this reflect in all academic areas and I am pleased with the progress they are making.- Reflex Teacher, Albuquerque Public School District, NM
Students love Reflex! They ask to do it every day. You can really tell they have learned their multiplication facts while working on equivalent fractions. Thank you for the great program!- Reflex Teacher, Greene County School District, TN
At the beginning of the year one of my second graders was solving six addition problems in two minutes. That student is now solving 30 addition problems in two minutes. He is also able to solve 30 subtraction problems in two minutes. His fluency started to shoot up after starting Reflex.- Reflex RTI Specialist, Plymouth-Shiloh Local School District, OH
A parent told me their child asks to get onto Reflex in their free time, instead of watching TV or playing video games. I think that speaks volumes about this resource!- Reflex Teacher, Cornerstone Charter Academy, NC
Awesome, awesome, awesome! Reflex is by far the best program out there. All but one of my students scored within the targeted norm range on our district calculations assessment. This was an increase from 50% on the fall assessment.- Reflex Teacher, Stevens Point Area Public School District, WI