From the Globe last week:

“Massachusetts ranked first in the country in student performance on a closely watched national test, and Boston scored near the top among large cities, according to results being released Wednesday.

“US Education Secretary Arne Duncan held up Massachusetts as an example to the nation, praising 20 years of efforts by Bay State educators to boost performance…”

But the state commissioner of education. Mitchell Chester, had to — just had to — get his two negative cents in:

“…Mitchell D. Chester, the state’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education, said such scores are ‘no small feat,’ but that educators must never become complacent…”

Read the entire article.

By the way, we (seriously) called the commissioner last week to assure him that he needn’t worry that we will become complacent. He sounded relieved.