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Why math fact fluency matters

What is math fact fluency?

Math fact fluency is the quick and effortless (automatic) recall of basic math facts. When students achieve automaticity, they have attained a level of mastery that enables them to retrieve math facts from long-term memory without conscious effort or attention.

Extensive research has demonstrated the critical role of math fact fluency in elementary school level mathematics and beyond and is underscored by studies that show it is a significant predictor of performance on standardized tests.

Furthermore, the significance of fact retrieval speed as a predictor of performance is not limited to test items that directly assess computation — it predicts performance on math concept problems, word problems, data interpretation problems, and mathematical reasoning items as well.

How Reflex helps with math fact mastery

The Reflex system combines research-proven methods and innovative online technology to provide the most effective math fact fluency solution available.

A few factors behind Reflex’s success:

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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.

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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.

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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.

Discover more details about the research behind Reflex and how the system works.

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