Yes. In fact, I don't think we do it enough. It seems to be a standard to promote students from K through 8th grade, at least where I work. Students are not held back and therefore not always held accountable. We get a few students entering high school who don't have much of a work ethic and who can't read. I know parents who have insisted that a school holds their child back. In a few cases, the schools refused and the students continued to fail. In another case, the child repeated kindergarten, as he wasn't ready to go foward. He is now thriving a few years later. We can't feel bad for doing the right thing in giving some students more time.