Studies have shown math fact automaticity to be a predictor of performance on math assessments and tests. Additionally, research has connected automaticity in math facts to success in learning higher mathematical concepts. This is compelling as studies find that if a student begins to fall behind in learning math facts at the elementary level, they often continue this pattern into secondary level math.
Students achieve math fact fluency through automaticity, or the ability to deliver a correct answer immediately from memory without relying on calculation. Fluency, on the other hand, requires students to be both fast and accurate when solving basic math facts. Imagine Math Facts was designed to help students achieve math fact fluency through an engaging, effective game-like program.
During the first semester of the 2018–2019 school year, first- through third-grade teachers in a southern Texas school implemented Imagine Math Facts as a tool for improving addition, subtraction, and multiplication fact fluency and automaticity. To determine the impact of using the Imagine Math Facts program in the school, a three-minute, 100-question math fact test was administered at the beginning and end of the semester.
Participating students who used Imagine Math Facts logged an average of approximately two hours in the program.
Figure 1 shows the average pre- and post-test scores by grade for students who used Imagine Math Facts during the first semester of the 2018–2019 school year. Students in all grades experienced significant improvements in math fact fluency and automaticity after using the Imagine Math Facts program.
A direct correlation between progress within the Imagine Math Facts program and performance on the end-of-semester test of math fact fluency is demonstrated in Figure 2.
The results of this study support the role of Imagine Math Facts as a tool for improving math fact fluency and automaticity.
Students who used the program in this Texas school during the first semester of the 2018–2019 school year experienced significant improvements in math fact fluency and automaticity as demonstrated by performance on math facts assessments.
Given these findings, we would expect similar results for other students who use the Imagine Math Facts program with fidelity.
To learn more about how Imagine Math Facts helps students master math fact fluency, visit the Imagine Math Facts information page.