For many economically disadvantaged students, school can be a struggle. When students have extended absences or a lack of home support, they can soon get far behind in math. And schools struggle with how to help students get caught up. In Title I schools where a large percentage of the population needs intervention services in math, closing the achievement gap is a real challenge.
Reflex is a unique individualized math fact fluency system that uses fun games to helps students attain automaticity with their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts. Reflex takes students wherever they are with their math fact fluency and through just-in-time coaching and encouragement helps them advance. Reflex has been shown to work with students at all levels.
Automaticity with math facts helps set students up for success. Students who are math fact fluent are more confident in class and so they feel (and are) more successful in math. Reflex helps them attain the fluency and confidence to tackle higher mathematics and makes them believe that they can learn. To see how Reflex has impacted performance on standardized tests, check out our Miami-Dade County Public Schools and NAEP study.
Title I programs using Reflex
Fluency of students at Title I eligible schools before using Reflex
About 20,000 students at 233 Title I eligible schools used Reflex during the 2016-2017 school year and had recommended or near-recommended usage in an assignment (addition and subtraction or multiplication and division).
In this graph, we compare average fluency in Reflex (the y-axis) to the percentage of students on free or reduced lunch (the x-axis) over the school year. Each dot represents a Title I eligible school with at least 100 students with recommended Reflex usage. The size represents the number of kids at the school who used Reflex.
To see what happens when the students at Title I schools use Reflex for 60 days, play this video.
Across the 233 schools, the average starting fluency was 23%, the average fluency on day 60 was 94%, and the average final fluency was 96%. No matter what the percentage of students on free and reduced lunch at the school, the students improved their fluency. Reflex engages students at every level and gives them the fundamental skills they need to succeed in math class.
The last study on Title I schools and Reflex was during the 2014-2015 school year. Since then, Reflex has become about 10% more efficient in pushing students toward high fluency levels, shaving about 2 weeks off the time required to become 100% fluent. Not only does greater efficiency help reduce burn-out in students, it also means that students in grade 3 can switch to multiplication and division sooner because it takes them less time to complete their addition and subtraction assignments.
More students are also starting multiplication and division assignments early enough in the year to get substantial practice by the end of the year. Fluency with multiplication and division is especially important since it can help students’ performance on grade 3 end-of-year achievement tests.
Reflex helps all students succeed
Using fact families and delivering the right facts at the right time for each individual student, Reflex meets students where they are. And students learn that they can all succeed in math if they put in the work.