The Toronto District School Board is looking in to the possibility of paying the city's neediest students to attend school, get good grades and spend time mentoring others, according to a media report Tuesday.

The public board's education director tells the Toronto Star that the anti-poverty task force is exploring several options to help students in disadvantaged communities.

A senior advisor on the task force says the money wouldn't come from the board, but from "community partners."

A similar project tested in four schools in the U.S. had mixed results, according to the report. In New York, students were given $50 for doing well on 10 tests, but they didn't fare better.

Students in other cities, however, were paid for attendance, good behaviour and improved standardized test scores resulted in a boost in reading scores.