Mr Pyne also confirmed plans to reform one of the government's key education authorities by ensuring it was focused only on curriculum development.
ACARA now publishes the My School website, administers national literacy and numeracy tests known as NAPLAN and collects performance data.
Under Mr Pyne's plan all non-curriculum-related roles will move into the Department of Education, suggesting ACARA will relinquish much of its testing and ranking activities.
Mr Pyne said he had not yet started work on the agency's overhaul as it was not a priority, but the Coalition's election-eve costings document factored in $23 million in savings from ACARA's four-year budget, including $7 million this financial year.
Mr Pyne said the review of the national curriculum was needed to ensure ''that it is achieving the outcomes that we believe it should be'' and hinted he may not accept ACARA's advice.
''I don't believe in handing over responsibility for government policy to third parties,'' Mr Pyne said. ''The Westminster system of government requires ministers to take a hands-on approach to matters within their portfolio.
''ACARA has an important role but ACARA is not the final arbiter on everything that is good in education.''
Mr Pyne said the national history curriculum played down ''the non-Labor side of our history'' despite the Coalition governing for two-thirds of the past 60 years.
In a statement to Fairfax Media, ACARA - which has 117 full-time and 22 part-time staff - said the curriculum for English, mathematics, science, history and geography had been ''signed off by all state and territory ministers''.
It vowed to continue to perform its current roles, which had been agreed by a standing council of state, territory and federal education ministers.''We will prepare advice for Minister Pyne on current activities as well as matters that have been raised in policy statements,'' it said.
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First, education has moved forward since 1953 and more recently with COMPUTERS and the Gonski reforms. Education in this country is NOT A MESS. LABOR DID NOT LEAVE A MESS. Second, the waspish/tikish history of this country was based on transforming some of the major ugly side of history into a bunch of roses. Third, the Menzies era and the Howard era were based on LIES — Giant HISTORICAL LIES, including illegal wars, which the little shit Pyne wants to glorify... Beware, Pyne is a fundamentalist Christian with the bible fantasies on his mind... He never understood sciences.