Understanding math facts is essential to being able to reliably and accurately solve more advanced levels of mathematics. Students must have a firm foundation and understanding of math facts, before they can excel in pre-algebra, algebra, and other forms of math.
Studies are suggesting we have a national math fact fluency crisis. Only 1 out of 10 (10%) college students can pass a simple, basic multiplication test.1 Math fact fluency is imperative to living a successful and productive life, as math is used in some form in every occupation and is useful in all areas of life.
1 DeMaioribus, C. (2011). "Automaticity of Basic Math Facts: The Key to Math Success?" Masters Thesis, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN.