The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nationwide, nonpartisan, and nonprofit membership organization. The only one of its kind to bring together the top education leaders from every state in the nation. The National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching. The NTOY is chosen from among the State Teachers of the Year by a National Selection Committee representing the major national education organizations. Each year, the NTOY is introduced to the American people by the President of the United States.